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yaknjorglfirst big mountain  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 11, 1996


third time w/ crampons. second attempt- first time in storm. best of views- thanks to Kevin Ball
Posted Mar 2, 2008 1:18 am

Shirley LamNice to...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 13, 2007

Shirley Lam

revisit my last CA 14er! Ah, this one will always have a little warm spot in my heart :)
Posted Jan 30, 2008 10:05 pm

Date Climbed: Sep 13, 2007


Up it 4 times! Last was via the Swiss arete. We can down a new way around Temple Crag down to 3rd lake to avoid the icy glacier. That was an adventure.
Posted Dec 25, 2007 8:46 am

leftyStandard Route
Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2007


Great views
Posted Sep 14, 2007 9:33 pm

RickFCalifornia Fourteener No. 10  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2007


A long time in the planning, a pilgrimage to the Palisade Glacier before it is entirely gone, and a beautiful day to spend a few minutes on the summit of Sill! Thanks to Joe, Phil, Bob, and Stuart for the team effort.
Posted Aug 31, 2007 8:22 pm

glahhgThunderbolt to Sill Traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 19, 2007


Long slog at the end of the day. Went down the backside which was a huge mistake. Much better to go back over polemonium and down the backside of the U-notch.
Posted Aug 27, 2007 4:08 pm

forjanT-bolt to Sill Traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2007


Day hiked T-bolt to Sill traverse with fossana and mybackyard. Ran into Kevin Trieu, eggheadsherpa and Wendy at Gayley camp. Thanks eggheadsherpa for the merlot!
Posted Aug 12, 2007 10:25 pm

Mark NSW Slopes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 7, 2007

Mark N

Solo backpacking trip via Bishop & T-bolt Passes. Next time the Swiss Arete!
Posted Aug 12, 2007 8:27 pm

fossanat-bolt to sill traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2007


Final peak on an amazing day with mybackyard and forjan.
Posted Aug 12, 2007 3:08 pm

mybackyardTraverse from Polemonium  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2007


Last peak of our Traverse day hike from T-bolt with fossana & forjan.
Posted Aug 12, 2007 10:34 am

ChuckONorth Couloir  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 4, 2007


Good climb with Mike Schash. The view of the Palisades neighbors really is spectactular.
Posted Aug 7, 2007 8:48 pm

J FoxFrom the V-notch  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2007

J Fox

The final peak on our T-bolt to Sill traverse. We were getting pretty tired by this point but it was sure worth it. What a great way to spend a day. The summit views were impressive particularly looking down the Swiss Arete.
Posted Jul 31, 2007 5:40 am

orandallNorth Couloir  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 14, 2007


3.5 hours to summit from Gayley Camp. Couldn't believe how short traverse and class 4 section were, but they were still fun. L-snowfield was starting to get soft on the descent (9:30 AM) but was still hard enough to make it easy with crampons. Beautiful area and fun climb.
Posted Jul 15, 2007 8:29 pm

Dave DalyYoddling On The Swiss  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2007

Dave Daly

Unusually warm day at 14,000+! :P Being in the Palisades for the first time, I can't say I was totally impressed since the glacier looked like a "landfill" due to the low snow year. The route was fun, although I wished it was a bit longer. Would i personally call it "classic"?.....probably not. But for namesake, it was classic to witness all the names of the old timers in the summit register (a copy of the Sierra Club register): Clyde, Dawson, Robinson, Wade, Eichorn etc). Interestingly enough and by coincidence, we did our ascent on the same day Muir and Glen Dawson did theirs.....70 years ago to the day! Deb and I tackled the 5.9 variation of the crux pitch....great hand jams! Being with her made up for all the shortcomings and expectations. :)
Posted Jul 9, 2007 12:37 pm

DebSwiss Arete  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2007


Beautifully warm day to be on a mountain, especially fine Sierra granite! Really fun easy climb, but awful short; simul-climbed all but 1 1/2 pitches. Thanks to hubby for leading, the altitude and my ovaries sapped my endurance.
Posted Jul 6, 2007 3:45 pm

forjanTraverse from top of V-Notch  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2007


Rick Kent and I day climbed the V-Notch couloir. Our original plan was to tag both Polemonium and Sill, but reality set in. We skipped Polemonium and tagged Sill (20 hrs car-to-car). Totally wasted.

Route Climbed: Thunderbolt-to-Sill traverse
Date Climbed: September 9, 2006

Climbed with Javier and DustysDawg. Part of the Thunderbolt to Sill traverse single day push (18 hrs: South Lake/T-bolt to Sill traverse/Glacier Lodge).

Route Climbed: Swiss Arete
Date Climbed: August 6, 2006

Climbed with Sam Mills.
We did it in 4 pitches as we solo the class 4/low 5th section to gain the arete proper. Started walking out of Gayley camp at 5:10AM and made the summit by 10:15AM. Excellent weather! Also, ran into SP'er graham at the summit, who came up via the North couloir. Left summit a bit after 11AM and were back to camp by 12:40PM (7.5 hrs camp to camp). Then, packed up and left camp at 1:30PM on the slog-back to the trailhead getting there just before 5:00PM.

Route Climbed: North Couloir
Date Climbed: August 7, 2004

Started at 4:45am from the Glacier Lodge day hiker's trailhead with mdostby. We were both moving slow in the morning....I guess coming up from sea level in less than 12 hrs didn't help either. We got to Sam Mack Meadow at about 10:00am. Took a very short break here and pressed on. Then, around 10:30am, Mike tells me that today he just doesn't have the energy to do the peak (btw, Mike started it all about 2 years ago when he told that we should day hike/climb most of the California 14ers). So, after 10:30am, I was going solo. I pulled out the ice axe and deployed crampons for the section across the Palisade Glacier before gaining the class 3 chute that leads to Glacier Notch. The North Couloir itself was pretty much melted out; there was perhaps 100 feet of snow climbing. Then, I arrived at the supposed-to-be class 4 section. I climbed it with my LaSportiva Makalu mountain boots and it seemed to me class 3, but I guess you can make it class 4 and even class 5 the further climber's left you go. I reached Mount Sill's summit at 2:01pm. I encountered three other people up there who came via Elinore Lake. One of them (Margina Rhyne of Bishop) took my summit picture since I didn't bring a camera. I left the summit at 2:15pm, down the North Couloir, down the class 3 chute back to the Palisade Glacier. I ran into no one from Palisade Glacier to summit back to Palisade Glacier. I then took a ten minute break at the creek 500 below Sam Mack Meadow and then continued on to the trailhead. I arrived at the Glacier Lodge trailhead at 7:50pm, where Mike greeted me with a cold beer. All in all, a huge day!! (more so than we anticipated). Next year I have my eyes on the Swiss Arete.
Posted Jul 2, 2007 7:56 pm

atavistSwiss Arete  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 4, 2005


Climbed Sill solo in '05, then repeated the hill via Swiss Arete in July '06.
Posted Jun 21, 2007 12:09 pm

Dave SSwiss Arete  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 15, 2007

Dave S

Climbed Swiss Arete and then over to Polemonium in a day with JM. Long, but great, day in the mountains!
Posted Jun 21, 2007 2:00 am

eggheadsherpaRoute Climbed: N Couloir in Spring Conditions  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 20, 2007


Climbed the N. Couloir route in spring conditions, a lot of snow on the 4th class section, but the traverse was not a problem. See the photo link for conditions (poor man's trip report).
Posted May 21, 2007 3:25 pm

ripper333swiss arete  Sucess!
climbed with piotrek., crazy polish dude met on aconcagua.. brought gear didnt
use.. moved quick.. awesome views !
Posted Apr 21, 2007 12:26 am

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