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Thor Pk attempt, Black Mountain and its East Summit

Postby Snow Nymph » Tue Oct 14, 2008 6:22 am

Saturday, 11 October 2008 (day 1 of 2)
Thor Peak attempt, Plan C

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Ranboze called to let everyone know it was snowing in Bishop. So we made Plan B over the phone, meet at Union Wash and do Mt Inyo. Meeting time was 6:30am, but when Tomcat didn't show, Sparkles called and he just woke up. It was cold so we went to Lone Pine for breakfast and to decide on Plan C. We didn't have maps or waypoints for Inyo since it was decided after everyone was on the road. Thor should be easy, we thought. The North Fork Lone Pine trail was really pretty with snow. I think maybe we had too much fun on the way and time flew. Ranboze asked about a turnaround time, and about 20 min later I slipped on a slanted rock covered with snow and ice. My bad shoulder took most of the impact, so that's when I agreed we should turn back. Tomcat met us at Whitney Cafe, where we made plans for a Sunday hike.


Looks like winter

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Icicles
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North Fork Lone Pine
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Fall and winter
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Below the ledges
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On the ledges
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Climbing, and view of the Inyos
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No tracks to follow from Lower Boy Scout Trail
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Looking down from our turn-around point
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Its downhill from here
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Clouds opened up for a few seconds
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Colors
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Back to the ledges
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No summit, but a great day on the mountain!
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Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free . . . . Jim Morrison


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Re: Thor Pk attempt, Black Mountain and its East Summit

Postby Trail Bud » Tue Oct 14, 2008 3:29 pm

Nice Pics!
It's really pretty with the fall colors and the snow.
The mountains are calling and I must go.
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Re: Thor Pk attempt, Black Mountain and its East Summit

Postby ridgeline » Tue Oct 14, 2008 7:59 pm

A great day on the mountain with this fine group. What could be better?

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Re: Thor Pk attempt, Black Mountain and its East Summit

Postby kgw » Wed Oct 15, 2008 9:59 am

Wow. Stunning shots, Snownymph: thanks for having such a good time! :nod:
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Re: Thor Pk attempt, Black Mountain and its East Summit

Postby Snow Nymph » Wed Oct 15, 2008 8:57 pm

TrailBud, missed you but talked about you (good stuff, good times). Scenery and fresh snow was great!

Ridgeline, it was fun hiking with you again! Too bad we couldn't get all 4 of us in that photo.

thanks kgw! Its always fun to be in the mountains! :D :D :D


Sunday, 12 October 2008 (day 2 of 2)
Black Mountain and its East Summit

PHOTOS: http://snownymph.smugmug.com/gallery/62 ... 4550_t42mu


We drove 5 miles on dirt road (FUN!) from the White Mountain Road, to an old mine where we found a goldminer's camp. Their water was frozen so they went to town for a resupply. We headed straight up to the East Summit, signed the register, then descended to a saddle before heading up to the Black Mountain ridge leading to the summit. There was no register, but Ranboze found the terracache. After an hour we headed back. The goldminers had hot tea for us, so we hung out for another hour with them. We met Rachel at Indian Wells for dinner, then headed home. Fun weekend!

Sierra view - Split Mtn in the middle (more Sierra views in the album)
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Goldminer's camp
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East Summit
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Black Mountain from East Summit
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Steep descent to the saddle before heading up again
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No register on Black Mountain, but a terracache!
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A little chilly at the top, all bundled up
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The goldminers, Brett, Jim and Pat, had hot tea and stories for us when we got back. FUN!
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then a fun 5 mile drive out
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and dinner with a special friend!
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Re: Thor Pk attempt, Black Mountain and its East Summit

Postby Trailtrekker06 » Fri Oct 17, 2008 8:55 pm

Cool times! What the heck-- Rachel in street clothes??? :D Miss you guys!
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Re: Thor Pk attempt, Black Mountain and its East Summit

Postby Skibum » Sat Oct 18, 2008 8:52 am

Sweet! Any of that snow still left on the east side?
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Re: Thor Pk attempt, Black Mountain and its East Summit

Postby Snow Nymph » Tue Oct 21, 2008 7:48 pm

Not sure how much stuck, maybe in higher elevation. We stayed a little more to the south this weekend. 2 days were hot, 1 was a little cool. :D
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