Thunderbolt Peak

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Thunderbolt Peak
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Polemonium, North Palisade, Starlight, Thunderbolt Peaks
Highest point
Elevation 14,009 ft (4,270 m)  NAVD 88 [1]
Prominence 203 ft (62 m) [1]
Parent peak North Palisade [2]
Listing
  • SPS Mountaineers peak [3]
  • Western Climbers Star peak [4]
Coordinates 37°05′53″N118°31′03″W / 37.0979892°N 118.5176055°W / 37.0979892; -118.5176055 Coordinates: 37°05′53″N118°31′03″W / 37.0979892°N 118.5176055°W / 37.0979892; -118.5176055 [5]
Geography
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Thunderbolt Peak
California
Location Fresno and Inyo counties, California, U.S.
Parent range Sierra Nevada
Topo map USGS North Palisade
Climbing
First ascent August 13, 1933 by Robert Underhill, Norman Clyde, Bestor Robinson, Francis Farbquar, Glen Dawson, Lewis Clark and Jules Eichorn [6]
Easiest route Technical climb, class 4, by several routes [6]

Thunderbolt Peak is a peak in the Palisades group of peaks in the Sierra Nevada in the U.S. state of California. It rises to 14,009 feet (4,270 m) and could be considered the thirteenth-highest peak in the state, but since the peak has less than 300 feet (91 m) of prominence it is usually considered a subsidiary peak of North Palisade. [7] But if it is considered a separate mountain peak, Thunderbolt Peak is the northernmost fourteener in the Sierra Nevada.

Palisades (California Sierra)

The Palisades are a group of peaks in the central part of the Sierra Nevada in the U.S. state of California. They are located about 12 miles (19 km) southwest of the town of Big Pine, California. The peaks in the group are particularly steep, rugged peaks and "contain the finest alpine climbing in California." The group makes up about 6 miles (10 km) of the Sierra Crest, which divides the Central Valley watershed from the Owens Valley, and which runs generally northwest to southeast.

Sierra Nevada (U.S.) mountain range

The Sierra Nevada is a mountain range in the Western United States, between the Central Valley of California and the Great Basin. The vast majority of the range lies in the state of California, although the Carson Range spur lies primarily in Nevada. The Sierra Nevada is part of the American Cordillera, a chain of mountain ranges that consists of an almost continuous sequence of such ranges that form the western "backbone" of North America, Central America, South America and Antarctica.

U.S. state constituent political entity of the United States

In the United States, a state is a constituent political entity, of which there are currently 50. Bound together in a political union, each state holds governmental jurisdiction over a separate and defined geographic territory and shares its sovereignty with the federal government. Due to this shared sovereignty, Americans are citizens both of the federal republic and of the state in which they reside. State citizenship and residency are flexible, and no government approval is required to move between states, except for persons restricted by certain types of court orders. Four states use the term commonwealth rather than state in their full official names.

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The first ascent was attempted by a party of very well-known climbers. During the climb, a lightning bolt struck very close to Jules Eichorn, breaking his concentration. The mountain was named in commemoration of this event. [6]

Jules Eichorn American mountain climber

Jules Marquard Eichorn was an American mountaineer, environmentalist, and music teacher.

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References

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