|Peak:||"Thunder Pyramid" (13er)|
|Posted By:||Wyoming Bob|
|Date of Information:||05/20/2012|
Climbed Thunder Pyramid on Sunday, 20 May. Found USAKeller‘s report to be informative, accurate, dead on, without fault, get any better than that?
Conditions are about the same, just about ten days less snow, the snowfields are a bit less expansive but we still found hard snow perfect for cramponing in the early morning and we too killed an hour on top to let the snow soften enough for a secure heel plunge step. Even so, got to practice my arrest technique toward the bottom where the hardest snow was found.
We experienced the same 13 hours to climb the route but instead of cutting right at the fork to arrive at the ridge to the right of the summit, we opted to climb straight up and intercept the ridge to the left of the summit. No issues from the ridge with regard to either difficulty (class 3) or route finding.
Link to my usual narrative but honestly USAK nailed it two weeks ago.
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