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Capitol Butte South Face aka Thunder Mtn
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Capitol Butte South Face aka Thunder MtnSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 24 2014
joebartels
Hiking1.85 Miles 1,750 AEG
Hiking1.85 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   0.89 mph
1,750 ft AEG      25 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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Fell in love with this one 5 years ago when Hodlofski showed JR1 and I the route. Bruce and I bombed out last year getting off trail. This year jj and I got lucky in that a hot day was getting afternoon relief from a monsoon season storm pressing out nearby. Not the typical breaking off the rim, rather busting out over Mingus. Earlier I saw the thunderhead building expecting it would collapse.

The use trails heading up to the notch are getting more defined. Still a steep one, I was sweating buckets. With several c4 hikes to compare now this is definitely c3. The little stretch just after the notch is probably the sketchiest exposure and it's not bad. Not sure where Bruce and I dropped the ball. Just serves as a reminder things can get ugly if you stray from the route.

The chimney further up has a second option. Head half way up then go over to the right and up. I noticed a cairn and it worked out. The trade off verse the chimney is a blitz of exposure ( mainly noticed going down ). It's quicker in you can keep on cruising. If you are skittish I'd recommend staying in the safe chimney slot for heading down.

jj said the glass summit register was busted and found a newish yet weathering-fast notebook. Shout out to a 50 year old guy named Todd. He must live nearby and hike this one often based on the register.

On a cooler day with the route down I think 1.5 hours would be doable at a moderate pace.
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