BCP557 Thunder Mountain
N43° 50.793’ W114°21.349’
The first thing I discovered when Sleepy_ hollow, Takin it Easy and I were gearing up for our climb up to the cap on Thunder Mountain was that my brand new weather proof, shock resistance and cold resistant Pentax Optio WG-1 camera had locked up on the greeting screen and would not respond to any commands period! So, unfortunately I was unable to take any photos, however the other two members of the expedition took lots to make up for it. I borrowed the cap shot from TiE so I could at least post something. The next thing we all discovered was that it was very cold any winter really is setting in so we each chucked those amazing little heat packs in our gloves before setting out. I “borrowed” mine from TiE, thanks TiE and I will return them (or new ones) next time. BTW the camera started to work just fine when I got home, I guess it just doesn't like to go outside.
So, up the sometimes steep, occasionally really steep and sometimes very gentle but always interesting mountain we went. The occasional very steep parts were made somewhat intimidating by the presence of a few inches of snow. What would have made bomber foot placements in dry weather became less certain in these conditions. However, these stretches were not very long and the scenery was spectacular. All that initial climbing warmed us up pretty fast so I had to take those hot little hand warmers out of my gloves and put them in my coat pocket, they would go back in the mitts at the cap let me tell you! The icy wind on that exposed ridge was something and we didn’t spend a lot of time there, thanks to Takin it Easy who used great detective skills to find the cap, thank-you TiE.
Our trip down was again slowish (the spell checker doesn’t like that word, but I do, so I am using it), actually I think I go down as slow as I go up. Slow and steady BVPete so to speak. Sleepy hollow is a rocket ship on the descents and he had to spend considerable time waiting for us but as always he is a good sport. Takin it Easy and I had to stop on the lower reachs of the ridge to search for a cache which also took a while - that is what really slowed us down .
All and all it was a terrific day out in the mountains with good friends experiencing an adventure in our “great outdoors” together and I am very thankful for each and every one of these friends and adventures (big or small)! Thanks for posting this cap ofth, I think this will make for a really good hike / scramble, especially in the non-winter times.
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