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GuiltyRoute Climbed: Traverse from ThunderBolt. Date Climbed: July 6, 02  Sucess!

Guilty

Me & Ian traverse from Thunderbolt peak, along the Palisade ridge, hitting all the peaks on the way. Left and return from Ranger hut.
Posted Jul 9, 2002 11:07 pm

JoshRoute Climbed: Ridge to Apex peak, then 5.easy headwall Date Climbed: July 6, 2002  Sucess!

Josh

I hiked up the North Fork of Big Pine Creek not really knowing what I was going to climb. I thought about the Moon Goddess Arete on Temple Crag, but that looked like a hassle. Then I considered bagging Mount Gayley, but I asked myself "Why?" As I neared the Palisade Glacier, I decided to do the Swiss Arete on Mount Sill. I hiked up some easy snowfields to the saddle between Sill and Gayley, then for some reason I started up toward "Apex Peak" (that's the little knob along the ridge). I cruised to the top of that on Class 4 rock. From the top of that bump, I saw what appeared to be good climbing on a "headwall" right below the summit. There were some very easy ways up, but I decided to take some 5.8ish splitter cracks. Those were very fun. Along the way, I liberated two stoppers, a tri-cam, and 4 carabiners from the mountain. I got to the top about 3:45 after I left my car. I could only find one writing utensil in the register box, and it was non-functional. After a couple minutes on the summit, I decided to traverse south a bit on the Palisade Crest. After an hour or so of Class 4/5 climbing, I got bored and did some fairly serious downclimbing to get off the Ridge. I then descended the horrendous South Fork of Big Pine to my car. Today was a "deprivation training" -- that meant no food and 1 liter of water. That was only partially intentional.
Posted Jul 6, 2002 8:10 pm

RomainRoute Climbed: Swiss Arete Date Climbed: June 7, 2002  Sucess!

Romain

With Alberto Alesina. See my mount Sill TR for a detailed trip report with photos. It was a beautiful day !...
Posted Jun 13, 2002 11:05 pm

RGABRIELSONRoute Climbed: Swiss Arete Date Climbed: September 1979  Sucess!
This climb was a great adventure that almost killed Jim Hooker and I. The climb was fairly easy and was an alpine masterpiece, it was the descent that almost ended in tragedy. But instead of killing us, it pushed our minds into a face to face experience with the profound powers that make up life and death. So the Swiss Arete for me was not just a climb, but a workshop in coming to terms with my own mortality. An honorable way to spend some vacation time.

Posted Mar 26, 2002 10:10 am

ElwoodRoute Climbed: North Couloir Date Climbed: Sept. 98  Sucess!

Elwood

A fun climb under ideal conditions! We broke-up the approach by staying the first night near the junction of N. Fork & Palisade Glacier trails, which worked out perfect & left us with a short hike to our camp near the Palisade Glacier. On day-3 we were well acclimatized & ready for our summit attempt.
Posted Nov 3, 2001 9:27 am

GuiltyRoute Climbed: Traverse all the Palisades from Thunderbolt Peak. Date Climbed: 09/09/01  Sucess!

Guilty

Left from Sam Mack Meadow for the East Face of Thunderbolt, traverse the Palisade Peaks; T-Bolt, Starlight, N. Pal., and Mt. Sill, and then back to the meadow around 6pm.
Posted Sep 28, 2001 8:46 pm

brandonRoute Climbed: Swiss Arete Date Climbed: Oct 1999  Sucess!

brandon

Excellent, Most of the route is less than 5.6. A couple of veritcal pitches that are amazing quite easy. Then the crux, hard at nearly 14k, then cruise to the top.



Also have done N Couloir with N face viariation solo.



Posted Sep 18, 2001 4:34 pm

Bob BurdRoute Climbed: North Couloir Date Climbed: Aug 6, 2000  Sucess!

Bob Burd

Climbed with mconnell. Yes, it was a valiant attempt at the Swiss Arete. Two rappels down to the N. Couloir, then back up. Still a great deal of fun. On the way down I went into an uncontrolled glissade in the couloir, stopping only at the bottom. Here's a trip report.
Posted Aug 20, 2001 11:30 pm

JoshRoute Climbed: Traverse from Polemonium Peak Date Climbed: August 1, 2001  Sucess!

Josh

This was the fifth summit of my CA 14er speed climbing tour! Check out the trip report here.
Posted Aug 8, 2001 5:09 pm

mconnellRoute Climbed: N. Couloir Date Climbed: Aug 2000  Sucess!
Started up the Swiss Arete. Bailed at the crux and summited via the N. Couloir. Now I have to go back to finish the Swiss.



(Yes, I was stupid enough to try glissading it even after I watched snwburd go down!)



Posted Jul 17, 2001 12:01 pm

tiogapRoute Climbed: Swiss Arete Date Climbed: July 9, 1985  Sucess!

tiogap

nice 5.6/7 route .not too hard and not too long. great views. went back and climbed it again in 1986
Posted Jul 5, 2001 10:34 pm

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