Peak:  "Thunder Pyramid" (13er)
 Route:  West Face / White Gully
 Range:  Elk
 Posted By:  BobbyFinn
 Date of Info:  06/01/2013
 Date Posted:  06/02/2013

Firm snow on the approach in the morning, no flotation needed. We were hiking out in late afternoon and even then, we didn't use flotation and the snow was mostly supportive. There was some postholing after descending out of the approach gullies, but it wasn't worth the weight of snowshoes for us and it's a short distance anyway. You might make a different decision.

We had continuous snow almost all the way to the top of the ridge.

No significant difficulties on the summit ridge (there is exposure and some class 3 moves). There are a few small cairns to follow.

The creek crossing snow bridge is in good shape. There is minimal snow until past Crater Lake.

The gully itself has slide debris in it and while a member of our group did ski it, it didn't look like great ski conditions.

I'm not sure if there will be a trip report or not.

Image 1: TP; the black line points out the summit

Image 2: On the face on the way down. Stay to the right of the right to left descending rib above the two folks in the pic. USAKeller has a TR with some good pics showing the route, though we did not take the right spur shown in her image #1; instead we headed more directly up the face.

Photos (click for slideshow):
Image #1Image #2

 Comments or Questions

If only....
06/03/2013 18:49
If only I had pic #1 a week earlier...

Congrats on getting the summit and grinding through one heck of a long day!


06/03/2013 21:19
Yeah... We saw you two exploring over there. It didn't look real fun.

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