Polemonium, North Palisade, Starlight, Thunderbolt Peaks
|Elevation||14,009 ft (4,270 m) NAVD 88|
|Prominence||203 ft (62 m) |
|Parent peak||North Palisade|
|Location||Fresno and Inyo counties, California. U.S.|
|Parent range||Sierra Nevada|
|Topo map||USGS North Palisade|
|First ascent||August 13, 1933 by Robert Underhill, Norman Clyde, Bestor Robinson, Francis Farbquar, Glen Dawson, Lewis Clark and Jules Eichorn|
|Easiest route||Technical climb, class 4, by several routes|
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.
The first ascent was attempted by a party of very well known climbers. During the climb, a lighting bolt struck very close to Jules Eichorn, breaking his concentration. The mountain was named in commemoration of this event.
- The Palisades of the Sierra Nevada
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