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 Peak(s):  Thatchtop - 12,668 feet
 Post Date:  09/26/2011
 Date Climbed:   09/24/2011
 Posted By:  slaggbottom

 Thatchtop as a consolation prize   

We had set out to climb Arrowhead and hike the traverse to McHenrys, but there was tons of snow on the north facing routes, despite the warm temps and sun all weak, so we settled on Thatchtop, which was a first ascent for me.

We ascended up the Lake Solitude side, and checked out the conditions on Arrowhead's NW route, and the arete to McHentry. We descended down a gulley that popped out at Loch Vale (we missed the S-gulley), and had to wade across a thigh deep section of the lake (very refreshing!).

Full story and pics here: http://matt.tracz.org/2011/09_24/

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Full story and pics here: http://matt.tracz.org/2011/09_24/

 


  • Comments or Questions (3)
holttd

Weird     2011-09-26 22:25:28
”We descended down a gulley that popped out at Loch Vale (we missed the S-gulley), and had to wade across a thigh deep section of the lake (very refreshing!).”

I kid you not, I did the exact same thing back in July.


slaggbottom


Loch Vale wading     2011-09-26 22:34:01
I imagine the lake may have been even higher (and colder) in July. Glad to have shared the experience with you! That cliff along the lake continues for a LONG time, all the way to the S-gulley. We were glad we decided to make the lake crossing instead of back tracking up the cliff and bushwacking along it for the next exit.


JohnWilliams


WOW!     2011-09-27 13:37:22
awesome shots my man! great hike



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