Jade and I took an 11 mile hike up Thatchtop on July 4th. I thought Thatchtop would be an easier hike, but the mountain kept whispering sweet nothings in my ear like "your conditioning sucks." In truth I was rundown from wedding stress and the planning. The hike was a fun loop starting up the north side and coming down the south, and the views of Glacier Gorge were awesome. We thought a comment someone left in the summit log was funny, "Thatchtop is a cruel, unrelenting bitch," at the time I thought the statement was accurate.
|Thatchtop from the parking lot||Thatchtop on the way to Loch Vale||Loch Vale||Heading up the "S" couloir|
|Jade||Looking down the couloir||Looking up||Looking back towards Estes|
|Jade applies more sunscreen at the summit||Time for dancin||Glacier gorge||Longs|
|Looking towards Powell peak||Glacier Gorge||Thatchtop view movie||Walking down Thatchtop to Isolation lake||Looking back towards Powell peak|
|Outlet of Isolation lake||Isolation lake outlet movie||cascades||cascade movie|
|Spearhead and Chief's head||Looking back||