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[TR] Mt Thomson - West Ridge 7/21/2013

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Trip: Mt Thomson - West Ridge

 

Date: 7/21/2013

 

Trip Report:

West Ridge of Thomson in a day. After a few attemps beta gathering trips in March and June of this year, I was finally ready to put it all together. 17 hours on the move... alpine start to headlamp finish. Full value day.

 

More photos and writeup here

 

Approach is now totally snow free to Bumblebee pass, where there is a bit of snow left in the basin. If you're going in the next 2 weeks, fill up water in the basin. After that I wouldn't walk past Ridge Lake without filling up.

 

Climb went well and East ridge descent took a while as we slowly picked our way down loose crappy rocks. I think if you had cut far right as soon as possible you can make it to a vegetated minor ridge, which would likely have better footing.

 

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Gear Notes:

Leave crampons and mountaineering boots at home....

You may find a blue BD Guide atc on the bench below the 2nd pitch. Congratulations! I suggest recycling it.

 

Approach Notes:

PCT to Ridge lake... scramble up to pass.

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