Thunderbolt Peak

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Thunderbolt Peak Trip Report (#7402)

With Lanier Benkard, via Southwest Chute # 1. A short and easy ascent of the talus and scree leading to the notch separating the North and South summit, and an interesting time free climbing the summit block. A lot of loose rock in the chute, it is probably safer to climb this in the early spring. We had planned to traverse to Starlight but the weather turned sour around 10 am. It rained and snowed all afternoon, and there was a massive rock fall in the nearby Starlight Chute around 5 pm. No regrets on turning back on that traverse - this would have been our way down. There are pictures on my website and at

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