The southeast face of Thor is strikingly beautiful and begs to be climbed. Seen from the hikers trail to Mt. Whitney it is hard not to trip over your feet as you stare at all the possible lines on this fetching mass.
Other than making a lasting impression in my mind and what I read in the RJ Secor High Sierra guide, I know nothing about this peak. I would be very curious to hear peoples impressions of the routes on this peak.
Routes here are mostly grade III and under, seems like a great place for an adventurous moderate, relatively close to the car. While others are continuing to trudge up to Whitney and Russell, you'd be roping up and have the peak to yourself. Please correct me if I'm wrong.
Hike the Whitney trail until you see Thor. I don't know anything about where to leave the trail. From photos and memory, it does appear to be quite a slog to the base of the routes.
An "old school" (1936!) route which winds its way up the right-side of the huge south face of Thor Peak.Traverse left on a ledge from the near the right-end of the south face to get to the start of the route. A 10' class 3-4 chimney must be overcome to get to P1. P1 is marked with a fixed piton and stopper right off the deck. Make the crux 5.4 chimney move and gain easier ground heading up and right. Many options exist between class 3 and easy 5th. Choose your own adventure. You are aiming for a...[more]Browse More Classics in CA