Correction to Secor, Mount Thompson

by Steve Eckert
The Southwest Face route on Thompson involves dropping 200' below some cliffs according to the book. I think it's more like 300-400', because you wind up near the head of the cirque before clearing the cliffs and traversing in a boulder field. It's possible there is a route THROUGH the cliffs which stays just 200' below the saddle cliffs (mentioned above as the left chute), but it would not be worth the effort to find it and bounce up and down through sandy slabs.

The description of the Southwest Face route on Thompson includes mention of two chutes which lead to the "col" between Thompson and Powell. I'd call this a saddle, not a col, and there are actually THREE chutes. The right-most chute is the Northeast Chute route described for Powell, the middle chute is the correct way over the saddle, and the very broad left chute leads to 300' cliffs. It might be possible to climb from this saddle to the middle chute as class 3-4, but it's not an obvious option.


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