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Augie MedinaLed the Milk Bottle  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 2, 2008

Augie Medina

Had great fun leading the Milk Bottle. Thanks to my SP partners Tom Becht and Glenn Gookin. Started at South Lake and exited Glacier Lodge. We also had great fun climing our selected route up Starlight coming from Thunderbolt.
Posted Aug 4, 2008 4:00 am

bechttTraverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 2, 2008


Long day doing the Palisades Traverse with Glenn and Augie.
Posted Aug 3, 2008 10:08 pm

BradBartickSummited as part of Palisades traverse  Sucess!


Hit SP as part of the Palisades traverse last summer. Great exposure and difficult route-finding, but Bruce kept us on course.
Posted Jul 12, 2008 9:58 pm

benjohnsonsolo from North Palisade  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2008


Fun traverse from North Palisade. Meant to go on to Thunderbolt, but had some routefinding trouble (and dehydration), and trusted the better judgement of the little guy in my head that said "if you don't climb it today, that just means you will have to come back to the Sierras again."

Descended SW gully - one of the best rap anchors I've seen in awhile - a webbing knot poorly equalized with a protruding flexing pin. I shook my head and chuckled at the sight, then shook my head and grimaced after realizing there was no way to back it up, and no better option for another rap anchor.
Posted Jul 3, 2008 5:29 pm

Shirley LamEasier the 2nd time...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 12, 2007

Shirley Lam

because we actually knew where we were going!
Posted Jan 30, 2008 9:58 pm

bighornmonkeyDone...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 12, 2007


Up it twice but to the very top of the milk bottle once! Last was during a palisade traverse where we bivied a few feet down from the summit of North Pal.
Posted Dec 25, 2007 8:40 am

EManBevHillsButtress  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 25, 2006


Clyde couloir to Starlight Buttress. Fantabulous!
Posted Sep 28, 2007 4:48 pm

poorboy44T-bolt to Polemonium  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2007


T-bolt to Polemonium with Shay. Altitude + regular sick = "double whammy". Nice views.
Posted Sep 6, 2007 6:30 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 Arturo Crespo, Peter McColgan and Bill at the bottom of the milkbottle.

Route Climbed: Traverse from Thunderbolt
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).
Posted Aug 12, 2007 9:50 pm

mybackyardTraverse dayhike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2007


T-bolt to Sill Traverse day hike with fossana & forjan.
Posted Aug 12, 2007 10:26 am

J FoxTraversed from T-bolt  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2007

J Fox

My brother and I did the traverse from T-bolt to Starlight as part of our T-bolt to Sill traverse. This was a fun section of the climb and the Milkbottle makes for an awesome summit pinnacle.
Posted Jul 31, 2007 5:33 am

grahamTraverse from T-bolt
Date Climbed: Jul 6, 2007


Marty and I did the T-bolt to North Pal traverse from South Lake TH; ~15 hrs CTC. Got pushed off of North Pal by lightening ~1pm; otherwise another great day in the Sierras with great company. Getting down & across the Starlight-North Pal notch was the crux of the route for me
Posted Jul 14, 2007 3:10 pm

tb00957starlight buttress  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 17, 2007
We tried last year July 4th, heavy snow year, there was no snow bridge and we couldn't climb it. This year with super low snow fall, rocks are more exposed, and we were able to pass the bergshrund. Rest of it are a few good pitches with lots of loose class 3. But it was a good 14er, only four more to go.
Posted Jun 22, 2007 3:51 pm

Dave STraverse from Thunderbolt  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 30, 2007

Dave S

Second stop of the day...
Posted Jun 1, 2007 2:33 am

atavistlast of the fourteeners  Sucess!


After making Thunderbolt the previous day, I soloed the milk bottle and finished off the 14ers list.
Posted Apr 2, 2007 11:44 am

BranchWhitneyFrom T-bolt Pass  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2006
One of the better routes in the Palisades. The Milkbottle is certainly an awesome sight.
Posted Sep 7, 2006 3:40 am

Fred BagniRoute Climbed: Clyde Couloir  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 6, 2006

Fred Bagni

Best climb ever. Climbed the couloir without pro; perfect conditions. Solid neve. Physics is the man. He pretty much soloed the whole route - including the milk bottle.
Posted Aug 9, 2006 5:24 am

physicsRoute Climbed: Clyde Couloir  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 6, 2006


best climb I have ever done to date; climbed with none other than fbagni; the conditions were perfect for climbing the clyde couloir this year, the berg was barely passable without any substantial difficulty; some moderate ice-fall on the route but the conditions were excellent for two-tool climbing. soloed the milk bottle and then belayed up Fred; summit day was 5:30AM to 12:00 night from Sam Mack. good trip!
Posted Aug 8, 2006 9:29 pm

Mountain JimFrom Thunderbolt  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 27, 1979

Mountain Jim

The ridge between Thunderbolt & Starlight is great fun !!!
Posted Mar 14, 2006 6:47 pm

Matthew HollimanRoute Climbed: Traverse from Thunderbolt Date Climbed: Sep 4, 2005  Sucess!

Matthew Holliman

Climbed with Glenn and Curt. The summit block on Starlight is as impressive as I'd imagined, maybe more so. I thought it seemed trickier than the Thunderbolt summit block, but maybe that was just because it was a bit more awkward. Glad the downclimb was actually easier than the climb up... sets my mind at ease that I can go back without a rope sometime. Yeah, right!

The traverse from Thunderbolt was very enjoyable, too... the crux was a short 5.7 chimney just below the Starlight summit, for which we were glad we'd brought along a short rope and some pro. But besides this, most of the traverse is exposed but fairly easy.
Posted Oct 5, 2005 3:16 am

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