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ripper333Route Climbed: traverse from thunderbolt Date Climbed: sept 2004
the last peak of one long day
august 2005... swiss arete with piotrek met on aconcagua... brought gear
didnt use....
Posted Oct 24, 2004 5:07 pm

BranchWhitneyRoute Climbed: North Couloir Date Climbed: 8/23/2004  Sucess!
Great climb. As of 8/23/2004, you can avoid all the snow in the "L" shape snow field by climbing around it on the left side. This involves easy class 3 scrambling and bypasses a lot of the scree in the gully.

I believe this route follows the approach to the Swiss Arete.

Also, you can avoid virtually all the snow and ice in the Palisade Glacier by sneaking around the left side.
Posted Aug 24, 2004 11:04 am

jimmasonllcRoute Climbed: Swiss Arete Date Climbed: July 25, 2004  Sucess!



By: Robert Vallera, Jochen Klinke and Jim Mason

Happy Birthday Jochen! (41)

Date: July 25-26, 2004

Route: Swiss Arete, III (5.7)

Equipment: 50 meter double rope, generous rack of TCUs and Cams, hexes #4-10, 1 set nuts, 1 pink tri-cam.

Summited at 8:00 PM after about 8 pitches. Fun climb, nice exposure, a classic, and for us - in more ways than one - an epic! Got back to our camp at the foot of the Palisade Glacier about 9:30 AM the morning of July 26th. (See trip report.)
Posted Aug 5, 2004 5:02 pm

Fred BagniRoute Climbed: North Couloir Date Climbed: June 21, 2002  Sucess!

Fred Bagni

Best view. I love the palisades.
Posted Jul 10, 2004 7:03 pm

Scott PierceRoute Climbed: Southwest Slopes Date Climbed: Late may, 2004  Sucess!

Scott Pierce

As part of a ski tour around the Palisades.

Originally planned to skin as far as possible toward the saddle of Sill-Polemonium, but consensus veered us onto the more interesting class 3 talus and blocks SW of the summit. Needed to angle left more than we did lower down on the climb--we got on a rib that bought us to a false summit and forced us to rap down into a notch and continue traversing left. Either way, lots of fun and a great day for talus-hopping in telemark "rock slippers".
Posted Jun 19, 2004 3:50 pm

mtnfotoRoute Climbed: Swiss Arete Date Climbed: May 1977  Sucess!
Climbed this with Sheldon Moomaw back in the day.
Posted Jan 26, 2004 11:01 am

dvsanbtRoute Climbed: southwest chute Date Climbed: august 30, 2003  Sucess!


did a solo overnighter. camped in the palisade basin just below the

t-bolt pass. at the base of the climb, took the second chute (that culminates in a notch prominent even from the base). stayed along the ridge defining the left (on way up) of this chute. good solid rock for most part (class 2-3). climbing up the notch at the top (towards the summit) was a bit harder than the stuff before that, but not a lot more (and virtually no exposure).

looong approach from the south lake.
Posted Oct 12, 2003 5:50 pm

GuiltyRoute Climbed: East Couloir Date Climbed: 08/05/00 and 08/09/99  Sucess!


I hiked up from Elsinore Lake with some friends. We ascended up the couloir, then a scramble to the summit. I got tired of waiting for my friends at the summit, so I went did Polemonium, North Palisade, and Starlight. I new I would run out of sunlight if I went did Thunderbolt, so I headed back to Elsinore Lake.

In 1999, solo from Sam Mack up the North Couloir Route, then traverse to Polemonium.
Posted Oct 7, 2003 9:49 pm

darinchadwickRoute Climbed: North Coulior Date Climbed: July 2003  Sucess!


Ooooh, the North Coulior! Visions from climbing in Norway and the North Cascades came to mind of rime covered rock, and blowing spindrift.

But in the Sierra, on a summer day, there is no such thing, just some nice patches of hard snow between sections of pretty solid rock. Eyed the Swiss Arete during the approach. Mmmm, looks tasty, guess I'll be coming back.
Posted Aug 30, 2003 4:20 am

DigglerRoute Climbed: Swiss Arete Date Climbed: 23 August, 2003  Sucess!


FINALLY did this route (after years of wanting to)!!! Great climb, with perfect rock, stimulating exposure, & fun & sustained climbing- to the top of a 14er! Mark was a great partner, too.

Due to starting late (got on the route @ 12.02), we also ended late (I topped out @ 19.11), but that allowed us to enjoy magnificent sunset views of the Palisades- how many people getta see that??!!

Tricky class 4 routefinding in the dark (we also only had 1 headlamp!), with sections of verglas & snow, made going back down quite 'interesting!' After getting to the notch between Sill & its subpeak, I thought it was easy from there- wrong! Class 2-3 N couloir was utter crap (sometimes it felt like half the gully was sliding down with each step!). At least we got to rap' past the bottom of the snowfield, w/o having to don crampons.

Unfortunately, we then couldn't find the notch leading to the variation we took to gain the plateau, & shivered & (somehow) slept until sunrise, when we found the 'easy' way back down to the glacier. Another Sierra epic!
Posted Aug 28, 2003 3:52 pm

PellucidWombatRoute Climbed: Swiss Arete Date Climbed: August 23rd  Sucess!


Great climb. Took longer than expected, though, so we had to find our way down in the dark and ended up sleeping at the Glacier Notch until dawn.

We never encountered what seemed to be the 'reach around' move, but we did encouter a 5.8 (maybe 5.9?) crack on the left side of the ridge which was the crux of the climb for us.
Posted Aug 25, 2003 7:26 pm

ocelotRoute Climbed: North Couloir Date Climbed: 21 July 2003  Sucess!


A fun snow/ice climb up the Glacier Notch, L-shaped glacier, then some loose class 4 with some exposure to the top. Amazing views from the top, then traversed to Polemonium to scope it out for a future climb. Rapped off the ridge to avoid downclimbing the loose stuff to the saddle between Apex and Sill. Base camped in a large cave in the morraine on the way down to Mack Meadows. Nice.
Posted Aug 11, 2003 1:09 pm

Paul SpraycarRoute Climbed: Southwest Slope Date Climbed: July 29, 2001  Sucess!
Fun climb from Lower Palisade Lake via Cirque Pass.
Posted Jul 26, 2003 4:07 pm

depclimbRoute Climbed: Swiss Arete Date Climbed: August 8, 1993  Sucess!


The second day of the up and down Himalaya training camp. The route was fun and I think Sill has the best views in the Sierra. The current rating of 5.8 seems very generous, more like 5.7.
Posted May 8, 2003 2:35 pm

Dave KRoute Climbed: Southwest slope Date Climbed: August 2001  Sucess!
On my third try I finally made it up the Southwest Slope. Fun, but a looooong approach.
Posted Jan 22, 2003 5:31 pm

Eric TiptonRoute Climbed: "Dead Larry's Pillar" III 5.10 Date Climbed: July, 2001  Sucess!
I climbed this route with Kenn Kenega after humping our full packs over Contact Pass, due to the threat of ice on the normal approach. Don't go this way.

The route was great, good rock, lots of ways to go. We probaly did parts of both of the "Dead Larry" routes.
Posted Dec 16, 2002 12:31 am

asmrzRoute Climbed: Swiss Arete Date Climbed: July 27, 2001


Penelope May and I climbed Swiss Arete from our camp on the Gayley moraine in july of 2001. This was one of the most delightful trips I have ever done in the Sierra. My partner was a huge part of it. We had the most beautiful time up there. The descent via North Glacier was very difficult with aluminum crampons and ice axes as two years of drought brought very early ice to Palisades. There was hard alpine ice in the gully and we had to be very careful. But the climb was really great. I will never forget this trip.
Posted Nov 15, 2002 10:03 pm

asmrzRoute Climbed: Swiss Arete Date Climbed: August 25, 1996  Sucess!


Climbed the Swiss Arete with Don Brosnahan in 1996. The route was the first part of our attempted traverse to Thunderbolt Peak which we aborted due to high winds on the crest.
Posted Nov 15, 2002 9:55 pm

asmrzRoute Climbed: Swiss Arete Date Climbed: July 3, 1984  Sucess!


In July 1984, Robert Somoano, Waren Davis and I climbed the Swiss Arete from our camp at Sam Mack Meadow. This was my first Mt.Sill experience.
Posted Nov 15, 2002 9:52 pm

thenunzRoute Climbed: Southwest Slope Date Climbed: 09/10/1999  Sucess!


Very nice mountain. Great views of the Palisades and canyons to the southwest. Easiest of the 14er's in that area.
Posted Oct 29, 2002 12:25 pm

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