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charitydominicDo once  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 21, 2010


So loose in the col. Yipes. Made worse with the klutzo team above us tossing down rock afer rock. Wear your careful shoes and mind your manners. I would not do this one again. Inelegant Class 2 with a chance of boulders.
Posted Oct 30, 2014 6:23 pm

douggrangerNorth Couloir in June  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 16, 2014


Roped up for glacier notch and the class 4 section. Crampons used for the class 4 section of mixed snow/rock. Tagged the summit with weather approaching. The last summit reached in my goal of climbing all the CA 14'ers. Thanks to good friends who joined me in this and previous hikes and climbs!
Posted Sep 16, 2014 9:21 pm

RoryKuykendallAnother No


September 2013

The third and final of my three epic unsuccessful dayhike attempts in the High Sierra during the summer of 2013(Williamson & Gardiner were the others). After success on Anna Mills two weeks prior I decided to attempt Sill as a dayhike from the backside via Bishop/Thunderbolt/Potluck Passes a few days before my 30th birthday. I ran out of gas and called it nine or ten hours into the day at about 13,500 feet, which was more or less exactly what happened on Williamson three months earlier. The fitness required just wasn't there.

Unfortunately I took a bad backwards cartwheel tumble in the talus between Potluck and Thunderbolt passes on the way back. I was very lucky to walk out on my own power. Nevertheless, I look back on this day as one of the most important days of my life for reasons I won't go into in this summit log. Some days the mountains don't give you what you want, but they give you what you need.
Posted Sep 10, 2014 1:23 am

FensterschlechterThe L and NW chute  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 27, 2014


Long day from camp at Third Lake. Snow in the chute was sugary and the terrain was spicy. Didn't take gear, so had to downclimb!
Posted Aug 16, 2014 4:08 pm

BCLNorth Couloir  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 7, 2014


Gaining the chute to Glacier Notch was a little tricky due to the receding glacier and rockfall. Couloir was dry...just a loose class 2 slog. The class 4 section had some snow on it, but we were able to kick steps in the snow to link the rock sections.
Posted Aug 10, 2014 9:45 am

Dan WiedrichFrom Willow Lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 31, 2014
It seemed to take forever (13 hours) for my daughter Sam and I to get to the top from Willow Lake via Scimitar Pass. Very beautiful hike and views. We saw a water fueled landslide in progress on the way up.
Posted Aug 8, 2014 1:26 pm

bedellympianSwiss Arete solo  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 20, 2014


A very fun and quick climb. The descent is a little spicy til you hit the top of the L-couli.
Posted Jun 27, 2014 7:43 pm

BMS914L Couloir from N Colony Lakes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2013


Fun climbing and awesome view. Moraine below Mt Gayley was annoying at the end of the day. Done as a really long day outing.
Posted Feb 24, 2014 11:33 pm

Vertigo soulSwiss Arete  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 5, 2013

Vertigo soul

Fantastic route! We had to wait out some weather before starting, and during that time we scrambled up Gayley for an extra summit. Fun climb on great rock and amazing views of the Sierra!!!
Posted Sep 7, 2013 7:24 pm

iditarod81Southwest chutes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2013


Summited via SW chutes (Bishop to Knapsack to Potluck passes on the way in and Thunderbolt pass on the way out). Luckily avoided some weather blowing in from the south - those on the eastern side (Palisade glacier) ended up bearing the brunt of the storms!
Posted Aug 20, 2013 3:36 pm

mtneeringFun  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2013


Route was fantastic weather was perfect.
Posted Aug 16, 2013 5:32 pm

Kristin5berryVia N.C.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2013


Great route, but rough approach through the boulder fields!
Posted Aug 16, 2013 10:24 am

DonnoN. Couloir  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 9, 2007


W/ Chris on descent from Polemonium
Posted Aug 12, 2013 10:57 am

DonnoN. Couloir  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 11, 1999


W/ Peter, Rahil & Reza
Posted Aug 12, 2013 10:56 am

craig512North Couloir  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2013


Awesome climb, bad rockfall. This low snow plus heat and rain is a bad combination this year. Managed without crampons and axe across the North base of Mt. Gayley. Started from Third Lake and wasn't too bad although I wish we would've camped at Sam Mack Meadow.
Posted Aug 2, 2013 12:11 am



I will return for another summit bid. Made glacier notch and part way up N Couloir

Posted Jul 17, 2013 10:21 am

AlexeyDsuccess!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 17, 2013


Via "L couloir" and SW ridge, from Sam Mack Meadow. Some snow remaining on Apex-SW ridge section made things a bit tricky, but manageable. Great conditions on couloir and Palisade Glacier. Incredible summit views. A bit of roped downclimbing on 4th-class section on the descent. All in all an awesome objective with a good, healthy level of mountaineering challenge and 5-star scenery.
Posted Jun 24, 2013 3:26 pm

telemarkdudeNorth Couloir  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 4, 1985


A classic route.
Posted Nov 12, 2012 4:51 pm

mrchad92x  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 23, 2012


Great to be on top after a successful run of the Palisade Traverse with a great team. This followed an earlier summit by two weeks which began with a climb up Swiss Arete and was intended to complete the traverse but weather killed it at the U-Notch.
Posted Sep 24, 2012 1:52 pm

Ol WalsherSwiss Arete  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 5, 2012

Ol Walsher

Swiss Arete......best views of the Sierra!
Posted Sep 22, 2012 11:54 am

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