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Billy Ray
(rosyfinch) - M

Locale: the mountains
Thunderbolt Peak on 05/15/2013 22:39:39 MDT Print View

Am planning a climb of Thunderbolt in August via South Lake, Bishop Pass, Thunderbolt Pass and Southwest Chute #1. I understand that at the top of the chute there is a class 4/5 section to gain the summit area. I want to take a rope for this section for protection on the way up and rappel on the way down. But to save weight I don't want to take a rope that is longer than necessary for the rappel. Does anyone who has actually done this climb know the length of that Class 4/5 section?

thanks,

Bill

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Thunderbolt Peak on 05/15/2013 22:49:46 MDT Print View

Bill, a good resource for climbing-related things is Climber.Org

This is a website with lots of trip reports.

--B.G.--

Billy Ray
(rosyfinch) - M

Locale: the mountains
thunderbolt peak on 05/16/2013 08:12:50 MDT Print View

Thanks for the link. It was somewhat helpful, but not the direct answer that I was/am hoping for.

bill

Dustin Short
(upalachango) - MLife
Re: thunderbolt peak on 05/22/2013 04:51:09 MDT Print View

Summitpost and mountainproject also have info:

http://www.mountainproject.com/v/southwest-chute-1/106983026

http://www.summitpost.org/thunderbolt-peak/150222

Basically via the SW chute it looks like it's pretty easy up the the summit block. The block itself is short enough that people have lassoed the top and aided to the summit. Still no direct answer for your question but it looks like any standard length rope of +50m will suffice since you really only need it on that summit block.