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Rocktype Granite
Altitude 4247m a.s.l
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Jonathan Lagoe reaching the Thunderbolt Summit Block © Andy Hyslop Rock + Run

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The last fourteener in the Sierra to be climbed in 1931, Thunderbolt Peak is the next peak northwest of North Palisade, and the northernmost fourteen thousander in the Sierra Nevada. It's summit monolith is the crux of the climb - a 5.9 move over and onto a slab. It's safer if the monolith is draped with a rope first. As such it's one of the hardest summits in the Sierra to get to. 

The mountain got its name from the circumstances of the first ascent. A bolt of lightning hit the summit monolith just as Jules Eichorn was coming down from it. In an interview in 1989, when he was asked how close the thunder fell, he said "...just past my right ear". 

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