Thatchtop "S Shaped Gully"

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Thatchtop "S Shaped Gully"

Postby JE242 » Thu Sep 08, 2011 8:19 am

About a month ago, I attempted the "S shaped" route on Thatchtop. I found the lower part of the gully to be horrible with loose rock. Going up this section sucked and going down was even more irritating. This route looks like it would make fun snow climb. Which leads to my question. Does the gully hold much snow by spring? Has anyone climbed it in good snow conditions? Thoughts?
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Re: Thatchtop "S Shaped Gully"

Postby Floyd » Thu Sep 08, 2011 8:35 am

I don't know if this is the same gully, but if it's "All Mixed Up" it claimed the life of a fine climber and 14ers.com member, Chris Pruchnic, last fall.

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Here is the route: http://climbinglife.com/thatchtop/all-mixed-up.html
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Re: Thatchtop "S Shaped Gully"

Postby kmaley » Thu Sep 08, 2011 10:06 am

The S-shaped gully (a nontechnical hiking route) is on the north-facing end of Thatchtop, whereas "All Mixed Up" (technical ice/snow) faces east. They aren't the same. I hiked the S-shaped gully a little over a year ago, and it is indeed loose in places, but no more loose than a lot of 14ers. I descended via Shelf and Solitude Lakes and thus avoided going down the loose gully. I'm afraid I don't know about snow climbing in the S-shaped gully per se, but given its northern exposure, it seems like it would hold snow.
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Re: Thatchtop "S Shaped Gully"

Postby kimo » Thu Sep 08, 2011 11:14 am

It holds snow. Pics taken on April 9, 2011, from E. Glacier Knob. I can't comment on snow conditions.

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http://www.summitpost.org/the-s-gully-route/217691/c-162224
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Re: Thatchtop "S Shaped Gully"

Postby JE242 » Thu Sep 08, 2011 3:10 pm

Thanks for the info. Hopefully we will have another proper winter and that will be "in" by june!

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