Mt. Thielsen

June 12, 2010

Due to late snows this year, this was a mixed snow, rock climb. We donned snowshoes at 6000' where the snow cover became continuous. This allowed us to take a shortcut through the big blow-down at the Wilderness boundary, and another just below the ridge. Snow was patchy above 8000', so we stashed our snowshoes there. A steep snow field around the pinnacle necessitated use of ice axes. (A group of two in front of us had to turn around here as they didn't have axes.) Chicken point was covered by snow, but our group was able to crowd onto a small ledge just below it while the fixed line was set up. We all lounged on top for a while, basking in the sun and admiring the views. Mts. Shasta and McLoughlin where seen to the south, fully enveloped with snow. The Phantom Ship could just be made out at the far side of Crater Lake. Some thought they could even see Lassen Peak! To the north we could see all the other Oregon Cascades peaks—Diamond through Mt. Hood. A fixed line was set up on the steepest part of the snow to make the descent safer. We couldn’t take the short cut back through the blow down as the snow had softened up too much—saw cuts showed us the location of the trail. We were greeted back at the trailhead by billions of mosquitoes—summer is almost here!

Climbers were members Chrissy Anderson, Wayne Deeter (leader) and Bob Harrison; and nonmembers: Wendy Sullivan and Tucker Teague.


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