Mt. Thielsen

August 9, 2008

Five of us left SEHS parking lot at 5:00 a.m. and arrived at the trail head by 8:00 a.m. We were hiking by 8:20 a.m., the air was cool and the sky blue, perfect for climbing.

About two miles up the trail we came to a spot where the forest was leveled by a wind storm. For the next half a mile all the trees were on the ground.

The trail wound in and out around all the trees. In spots you could tell where they redirected the trail. We guessed it had to be 100 MPH winds to do that much damage.

We continued on up the trail to the upper point of the climb just below the rock climb section where we put on our harnesses.

About that time someone from above yelled ROCK! A HUGE rock came crashing down and went flying off the cliff on the south side of the mountain. We chose to stay were we where until the group above came down.

We all made it to the summit by 2:00 p.m., descended and drove back without incident.

Climbers were non-members Marty Gangle, Kenny Marcus and Tom Spettel and members George Baitenger and Mark Slipp.

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