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TR: Thor Peak, April 18th, 2015

Postby ExploreABitMore » Sun Apr 19, 2015 5:22 pm

A few of us had a great time going up Thor Peak yesterday, 4/18/2015. We went up via Mirror Lake, choosing a route that the three of us were sure we followed 10+ years ago, but somehow ended up on the wrong side of the mountain at first. :confused: Lots of neat clouds moved in, some a bit ominous. Started to haze over a tad and snow flurries began falling for a little while. We barely had to touch snow the entire time on the ascent. Looked like more consistent snow started shortly after Mirror Lake on some parts of the trail. We could see the switchbacks on Whitney, which looked like they had a decent amount of snow. Per the pattern lately, many S facing slopes had very little snow, like the slopes we used to ascend Thor and the slopes above Upper Boy Scout Lake used to ascend Russel and Carillon.

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View over towards Arc Pass as we ascended Thor's slopes above Mirror Lake

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Nearing the summit plateau and Whitney peaks (no pun intended) up from behind

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Thor Peak summit just ahead

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My wife on the summit of Thor

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Summit Pano from Thor. Pretty low on snow everywhere

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Starting to descend to the East Coulouir

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Looking back towards Thor. Some amazing looking clouds were floating around. Lots of snow flurries at times

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Pretty afternoon lighting looking East

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Another great day in the Sierra nears an end

I might have pics of other spots in the area if anyone was interested, just let me know.
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Re: TR: Thor Peak, April 18th, 2015

Postby Rockyroad » Sun Apr 19, 2015 5:33 pm

Awesome photos!
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Re: TR: Thor Peak, April 18th, 2015

Postby austex » Sun Apr 19, 2015 8:16 pm

THOR lives up to it's (his, sorry) name! Awesome cloud shots. WOW low snow year...*sigh*
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Re: TR: Thor Peak, April 18th, 2015

Postby seanr » Sun Apr 19, 2015 8:22 pm

Nice! Getting out on hikes up there before permit season sounds great. Were there lots of people around? Weather may be interesting for awhile now, but being up there with just a slight taste stormy weather makes for good times and memorable scenery!
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Re: TR: Thor Peak, April 18th, 2015

Postby ExploreABitMore » Mon Apr 20, 2015 8:42 am

Thanks guys! austex, yeah at one point I thought Thor himself was about to make an appearance in those clouds! seanr, there was a surprising amount of people up there for April. Nowhere near the amount one might expect in summer, but still quite a few. Large group camped down by Upper Boy Scout Lake too. Didn't see a soul on Thor, though. Looked like we were the first ones up there this year according to the register.
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Re: TR: Thor Peak, April 18th, 2015

Postby Jason » Mon Apr 20, 2015 9:17 am

Great Odin's Raven!!! Those are some nice photos. Thanks for the report.
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Re: TR: Thor Peak, April 18th, 2015

Postby ExploreABitMore » Wed Apr 22, 2015 3:45 pm

Jason wrote:Great Odin's Raven!!! Those are some nice photos. Thanks for the report.


Thanks Jason! Coincidentally, a Raven hung out with us near the summit for a few ;)
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Re: TR: Thor Peak, April 18th, 2015

Postby calicokat » Wed Apr 22, 2015 9:38 pm

Great photos. Very nice
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Re: TR: Thor Peak, April 18th, 2015

Postby ExploreABitMore » Tue Apr 28, 2015 4:11 pm

calicokat wrote:Great photos. Very nice


Thanks calicokat! :)
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