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Thatchtop is a large peak with a nondescript summit in RMNP and is home to several of the Park's classic mixed and ice routes. Most of the features on the peak do not lend themselves to high quality rock climbing. However, above the Loch there are a handful of features with established rock climbs and good, moderately steep stone. A few single pitch routes can be found at the Lakeside Wall (found in the Gillett and Rossiter RMNP books) and make for a good alternative if committing to something bigger further up canyon becomes unsavory due to weather or otherwise.

There is another large wall on its North Face, just above the Loch and climbers right of the Deep Freeze gully and Necrophilia. This big face is home to the ephemeral mixed routes Broken Axes and Upper Wall, clocks in at about 1200 feet tall, and is broken up by a large ledge system at the 450 foot mark.

Getting There [Edit]

Park at Glacier Gorge or, if the parking lot is full, Bear Lake. For the North-facing aspect, follow the signs to the Loch. For the Lakeside Wall, head around the outlet of the Loch and find a way across. For the North Face, head around to the west side of the lake and cross the stream shortly after passing the lake and head up the short talus slope. In the early season, the west side access is likely to be pretty exciting due to high waters. Access was super easy in late August for the North Face. For South-facing aspects (All Mixed Up zone), head towards Mill's Lake.

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