Hi I'm planning on climbing Mt. Sill from Elinore Lake and traversing to Polemonium. I'm wondering if anyone has climbed the east chute (?) route on Sill this season and if so did you utilize crampons at all? Thanks.
You mean the Palisade Glacier, or the L-shaped snowfield? Haven't been there specifically this year, but was in the next basin over a few weeks ago, had to cross the glacier or snowfield or whatever it was to get to the rock. Strap-on aluminum crampons worked fine, & an axe was nice to have for self-belays when things steepened up. If I were you, I'd personally bring at least some lightweight strap-on crampons; not sure if an axe would be warranted or not- if I were just doing the 4th class route, I might bring it. If doing a technical route I'd have to 'weigh' the option, as carrying all of the extra gear up that far is already a pain in the ass.
If anyone is interested this trip ended very anticlimactically... I wasn't able to find a safe way to cross the creeks feeding into Willow Lake - there's just too much water to do it right now. It's certainly possible that there is another way to get across further up the drainage, but I didn't have time to look. Unfortunately the dates for my whitney permit prevented me from waiting another day and looking for another route across
From a distance the Sill glacier looked pretty healthy - don't know if crampons would be required but I'd bring 'em just in case.