Rain greeted 3 climbers as we met very early Sunday morning for the drive to Mt. Thielsen. The weather let up as we crossed over the pass but the mosquitoes were waiting at the trailhead. Still lots of snow below and just above the junction with the PCT. Thankfully the West ridge was snow free all the way to Chicken ledge. We passed another climber and his very friendly Basset hound on their way back down. Another solo climber on his first climb of Thielsen joined us for info on the route as we neared the ledge. Although clouds blocked much of the view, Crater lake rim looked lovely with all its peaks still draped in snow. We set a fixed rope and enjoyed pictures on the summit before the rain finally caught up to us. Wet rock on the descent from the pinnacle was a little slick but all made it down safely. Rest of the hike back to the car was drizzly but warm enough to ditch the raingear. We opted to replenish the days burnt calories with a stop at the Oakridge DQ on the way home. All around a good day with great people despite the less than perfect weather.Members: Danneille Harris, Rick Harris. Nonmembers: Julie Polhemus.
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