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CompletebumRoute Climbed: NW Chute Date Climbed: August 21, 2005  Sucess!

Completebum

Climbed with Courtney and Rick. Easily one of the most enjoyable routes I've done in the Sierras. Once in the chute there is very little slogging and the climbing is enjoyable. The milk bottle lived up to its reputation making for some great summit shots.
Posted Aug 22, 2005 2:45 pm

cp0915Route Climbed: NW chute Date Climbed: Aug 21, 2005  Sucess!

cp0915

A fantastic route. Considerably faster and easier, and enjoyable, than I'd expected. Four hours from camp at T-bolt pass to the summit at a reasonable pace.



In researching the route, I learned that many (most?) parties rope up for the three class 4 sections on the way up to the Milk Bottle, but my partners and I did not find that necessary. The class 4 was solid, fun, and easy.



The Milk Bottle was spectacular and good fun.
Posted Aug 22, 2005 1:39 pm

Brian KaletRoute Climbed: Northwest Chute Date Climbed: July 31, 2005  Sucess!

Brian Kalet

Got slightly off route near the top of the Northwest Chute and encountered a climber's gear from 1990...I know this because of his journal.
Posted Aug 1, 2005 3:17 pm

danman3156Route Climbed: Piper at the Gates of Dawn Date Climbed: July 26 2005  Sucess!

danman3156

An alright climb, a lot of loose rock to knock down on your partner. We summited but had a very long day.

17 hours to be exact.
Posted Aug 1, 2005 2:42 pm

cottersnowRoute Climbed: from Thunderbolt Date Climbed: 08/04  Sucess!
I don't know what the deal was but we did 4 rappells or so to get to the top of the Underhill coulior. Besides that it was climbing that will be remembered - especially the unique summit block.
Posted Apr 22, 2005 11:56 pm

Steve LarsonRoute Climbed: Starlight Buttress Date Climbed: July, 1982  Sucess!

Steve Larson

Did this with Sara Steck on a day off from our duties with the Palisade School of Mountaineering. Back in the day. Lovely weather. No 'schrund problems, traversed over to North Pal, then down the U-Notch.
Posted Nov 15, 2004 2:24 am

ripper333Route Climbed: traverse from thunderbolt Date Climbed: sept 2004  Sucess!
part of a long day!
Posted Oct 24, 2004 5:00 pm

MishaRoute Climbed: Traverse from Thunderbolt Date Climbed: August 9, 2004  Sucess!

Misha

Awesome knife edge! We did not find the downclimb into the notch between T-bolt and Starlight and ended up rappeling on the East side (chimney) of the ridge. On our 2nd rappel, our rope got stuck and Bryan had to climb up to retrieve it. 3rd rappel ended up being almost parallel to the ground. Stayed on the very edge of ridge after the notch, great 5th class climbing!

Aside from rappeling, we did not rope up.



Click for the trip report.
Posted Aug 16, 2004 11:28 am

Scott M.Route Climbed: Traverse from Mt. Sill Date Climbed: August 12, 2004  Sucess!

Scott M.

My partner and I made it to the base of the Milk Bottle with the weather conditions deteriorating. He said my eyes were wide open with fear when he shot my picture from the top of the Milk Bottle. Probably because lightning struck to the west just as I topped out. We made a hasty retreat as it began to snow lightly. Descended Underhill Couloir and back to the car skipping the planned leg over to Thunderbolt. The top was definitely a place I would have liked to linger if conditions were better. Witnessed some serious rock fall from the left side of Underhill just as we reached the glacier. Never knew I could run so fast with a pack on, wearing approach shoes, across a glacier. All this will make this peak a memorable experience for me.
Posted Aug 13, 2004 5:24 pm

bearbnzRoute Climbed: Traverse from Thunderbolt Date Climbed: August 17, 2002  Sucess!

bearbnz

Traversed from Thunderbolt with ScottyS, and we continued on to North Pal, Polemonium, and Sill. This is a fun traverse with lots of cool climbing, at a moderate grade.
Posted Oct 17, 2002 7:45 pm

Craig PeerRoute Climbed: Starlight Buttress Date Climbed: 2001  Sucess!

Craig Peer

Tim Winiarski, Bob Lathuras and I climbed this awesome route on a perfect day. Difficult ice over the 'shrund. We left the ice gear on a ledge and picked it up on the way down. Video taped the whole climb with 2 digital camcorders. Recommended.
Posted Sep 23, 2002 1:30 pm

rmjwintersRoute Climbed: Traverse from T-bolt Date Climbed: August 23, 2002  Sucess!

rmjwinters

Traversed from T bolt and had some fun along the way. Headed toward N. Pal from here.
Posted Aug 25, 2002 9:37 pm

Bob BurdRoute Climbed: From Thunderbolt 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.

Climbed the milk bottle too, by the easier 5.4 route. Trip Report.
Posted Aug 22, 2002 7:37 pm

ScottySRoute Climbed: Traverse from Thunderbolt 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 9:25 pm

GuiltyRoute Climbed: Palisade Traverse Date Climbed: July 6,02  Sucess!

Guilty

Started with my partner Ian, from T-bolt and traverse to Starlight then N. Pal, Pol, and Sill. Making for nice long rush. Oh, we never touched a rope.
Posted Jul 9, 2002 2:04 am

GuiltyRoute Climbed: North to South traverse. Date Climbed: 09/09/01  Sucess!

Guilty

Started from Sam Mack Meadow at 7:35 am, ascended the East Face of T-Bolt, then traverse South to Starlight Peak , North Pal, Pole, and continue traversing to Mt. Sill. Solo.

Back in time to bath while the sun was still up.
Posted Nov 11, 2001 2:53 pm

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

Josh

This was the second peak of my CA 14er tour.



I climbed over from Thunderbolt on the Class 4 ridge crest and then up to the top of Starlight's impressive 5.4 summit pinnacle. This was great fun! After Starlight, I soloed over to North Palisade, Polemonium, Sill, and finally over to Middle Palisade and down the South Fork of the Big Pine.



Posted Aug 22, 2001 5:26 pm

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

Guilty

I started from Lake Elinore, in the South Fork region. I ascended Mt. Sill, traverse to Polemonium Peak, North Pal, and then to Starlight Peak. I descended the same way back to Lake Elinore. I free climbed with regular hiking boots. The most trouble was route finding, especially down climbing class 4/5 in my boots. If you like exposure, this is good climb. But scetchy if you are solo.
Posted Aug 22, 2001 5:13 pm

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