Climbing Thunder Mountain
Co-leaders are sitting on the summit (13,588') while I am ascending below (white shirt). Thunder Mountain is a remote peak in the Sequoia & Kings Canyon Wilderness, in the heart of the national park. It sits at a triple divide where the Kings-Kern Divide meets the Great Western Divide. This triple point separates the watersheds of Roaring River, Bubbs Creek, and the uppermost reaches of the Kern River. It is higher than almost all of the peaks in this vicinity including Mt. Brewer, but is less well-known and climbed far less often due to its remoteness.
The (north) summit features an incredibly airy step on the north face over a deep chasm and a class 4 summit block. The register on the summit (when I climbed it as a teenager) was original, dating back to 1945, with the first several parties' names transcribed onto the first few pages (presumeably copied from loose papers found on the summit at the time the register was placed).