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Bob BurdRoute Climbed: Northwest Ridge Date Climbed: Aug 21, 2002  Sucess!

Bob Burd

Day 5 of the 2002 Mountaineers Challenge. From South Lake, climbed Southwest Chute #1 to Thunderbolt, traversed to Starlight - North Pal - Polemonium, down the Southwest Chute from the U-Notch, then back to South Lake. 14hrs CTC. Trip Report.
Posted Aug 22, 2002 7:34 pm

ScottySRoute Climbed: Traverse from Starlight Date Climbed: August 17, 2002  Sucess!

ScottyS

Traversed from Thunderbolt to Starlight to N.Pal to Polemonium to Sill with bearbnz. We freeclimbed most of the route, with three rappels and three belayed (probably unneccesary) pitches total. Heavy packs and little route knowledge (Secor's book only) made for slow time --- OK, maybe lack of fitness contributed! Left the car around 530, summited Thunderbolt around 1100, summited Sill at 2130. Waited for daylight to decend an east couloir of Sill and walk down to the S. Fork Trail. Got to the car at 1330 on Aug. 18 and drove home to get some sleep.
Posted Aug 18, 2002 9:22 pm

GuiltyRoute Climbed: Palisade traverse from T-Bolt. Date Climbed: July 6, 02  Sucess!

Guilty

Ian and me traverse from Thunderbolt, to Starlight, to North Pal, to Polemonium and then Sill. Oh, we never touched a rope.
Posted Jul 9, 2002 9:03 pm

Antonio GenissimoRoute Climbed: U notch / 5.4? Date Climbed: 6/10/02  Sucess!

Antonio Genissimo

Jesus Malverde, Wally Longridge and I left camp near Sam Mack @ 4:30 am, topped out at 4pm and got back to camp at 3am. Perfect conditons, 'schrund was bridged with snow. We were moving pretty constantly, how come we were so dam slow?
Posted Jun 12, 2002 7:41 am

synne.chadwickRoute Climbed: West side colouir Date Climbed: September 2001  Sucess!

synne.chadwick

Had a difficult time with route finding, especially near the summit. Wasted a couple of hours just trying to figure out if we were on route.

Got back to camp right before dark, and hiked out the next day. Had planned to do Starlight and Polemonium, but we ran out of time and food. Those mountains will be a goal for another summer.....

Posted May 18, 2002 6:24 am

darinchadwickRoute Climbed: West side coulior Date Climbed: September 2001  Sucess!

darinchadwick

Camped below Thunderbolt pass. Getting from Bishop pass to Thunderbolt pass is hateful with an overnight pack. Camping below the pass is choice. The coulior wasn't difficult, a little gravelly, but OK. The catwalk wasn't too hard to find either. We roped up on the way up for the catwalk, but soloed it on the way back. The exposure here is great, but it's actually pretty wide and flat. Couple nasty narrow points in the coulior kept us awake, then, the summit bowl. After endless wandering over big summit blocks, we finally bumped into the summit. We had fat plans to bag T-bolt and Starlight that day as well, but ended up just rapping off. Guess we have another trip in the future....
Posted Apr 1, 2002 11:41 am

GuiltyRoute Climbed: Traverse the Palisades Date Climbed: 09/09/01  Sucess!

Guilty

Started from Sam Mack Meadow at 7:35 for E. Face of

Thunderbolt, traverse the Palisades; T-bolt, Starlight,

N. Pal., and Mt. Sill and then headed back to the meadow.
Posted Oct 30, 2001 2:48 pm

Bob BurdRoute Climbed: U-Notch + Chimney Variation Date Climbed: Aug 4, 2000  Sucess!

Bob Burd

Climbed this with mconnell. I thought the hardest climbing was the bypassing of the bergschrund on the right side. I wished I had my climbing shoes while I stood in the open book there, desperately looking to place a piece of pro before I slipped off.



We also attempted to descend the class 4 Clyde Variation back to the U-Notch. Eventually we had to admit we couldn't downclimb class 4 or we were off-route, so we ended up rappelling the last 20m down.



A full trip report if you care. :)
Posted Aug 20, 2001 11:24 pm

GuiltyRoute Climbed: Traverse from Mount Sill Date Climbed: 08/05/00  Sucess!

Guilty

I started from Lake Elsinore in the South Fork of the Big Pine Creek area, headed up Mount Sill, traverse to Polemonium, North Palisade, and Starlight Peak.

I headed back the same way.
Posted Aug 13, 2001 10:02 pm

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

Josh

This was the third summit of my CA 14er speed climbing tour! Check out the trip report here.
Posted Aug 8, 2001 5:04 pm

mconnellRoute Climbed: U-notch + chimney Date Climbed: Aug, 2000  Sucess!
One of my favorite peaks. A really nice climb.

Posted Jul 17, 2001 11:51 am

JoshRoute Climbed: Traverse from Starlight Peak Date Climbed: June 24, 2001  Sucess!

Josh

Single day solo traverse of Thunderbolt, Starlight, North Palisade and Polemonium. Started at the parking lot at 5:30am....didn't get back until 9:30. Hauled a 30lb pack full of snow/ice gear all day. That sucked big time on the 5th class rock sections. The traverse from Starlight involves some tricky routefinding. If you rope up and place pro, the traverse will take forever. Better to free solo, but beware of loose rock!





Posted Jun 25, 2001 10:09 am

RomainRoute Climbed: U-Notch+Chimney Variation Date Climbed: May 7, 2001  Sucess!

Romain

Climbed North Palisade via the U-Notch+Chimney Variation on May 7th, 2001. Apparently we were the first to sign the summit log since October of 2000. The snow was firm in the U Notch, and skiers has kicked in steps all the way, making the ascent easy. The chimney above it is class 4 with some easy class 5 moves on the second pitch. The traverse of the arete to the summit was actually the tricky part because many ledges were covered in snow at that time of year (hard class 3 probably). A long and strenuous day, and a gorgeous climb....

Check http://www.stanford.edu/~wacziarg/climbing/NPalMay01.html for more.
Posted Jun 13, 2001 4:29 pm

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