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North America, United States, Alaska, Alaska Range, Thunder Mountain, South Face, New Route

Thunder Mountain, South Face, New Route. In June, Jim Donini and John Bragg reunited after 25 years (the pair had not climbed together since the first ascent of Torre Egger in 1976) to climb a new route on Thunder Mountain’s south face. The central rock spur, sometimes referred to as the “Lightning Spur,” was climbed to a midway point above a steep rock buttress, before weather forced them down. They left a gear cache before retreating, and accessed this point on their return via a snow ramp angling in from the large couloir right of this prominent buttress. Upon reaching this point, they continued to the top of the rock spur difficulties, forgoing the summit and rappelling when the climbing angled back to rotten snow.