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dstevenson0204SW Chute #1 and Traverse Attempt  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2014

dstevenson0204

Made it to the summit of Thunderbolt in hopes to get to Starlight and North Pal. Didn't quite have the gusto / daylight to commit to the other 2. We were about 200 - 300 ft shy of Starlight. Bailed down SW Chute #2 and barely made it off the mountain before the sun went down. Good call on bailing for us!
Posted Oct 11, 2014 11:47 am

bennovakSW Chute  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 24, 2014

bennovak

That summit block isn't quite like the 5.9s in climbing gyms. Wouldn't have made it up without the guidance from the awesome folks at SMI.
Posted Aug 26, 2014 12:12 am

DukeJHTraverse from Starlight  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 6, 2014

DukeJH

Traversed from Starlight to Thunderbolt, which lived up to it's name during monsoon season.
Posted Aug 15, 2014 5:23 pm

iditarod81SW Chute #1 to Starlight  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 2, 2014

iditarod81

The 12th CA 14er for me and my husband! Thanks to guides Zach and Trevor for great leading up the SW chute and the famed summit block. Headed out along the ridgeline to summit Starlight afterwards and reached the top of the milk bottle right as the afternoon thunderstorms started rolling in...
Posted Aug 4, 2014 3:52 pm

theflyingmountaineerSW Chute #1  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 2, 2014

theflyingmountaineer

Climbed up from camp in Palisade Basin with coworkers. Since it was a work-sponsored trip, we had a guide lead the summit block for us and we toproped the awesome 5.9. I intend to return for the entire traverse and am eager to do the daring lead myself.
Posted Aug 4, 2014 3:07 am

laswansoSW chute #1 to North Pal  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 7, 2013

laswanso

Threw a rope over the summit block and climbed the 5.9 side with a prusik self belay. Traversed to Starlight and North Pal and came down the west side of the U-notch.
Posted Oct 24, 2013 5:44 pm

douggrangerSW Chute #1  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 28, 2012

douggranger

Summit block was tough, no hope without a lead by Z.
Posted Sep 12, 2013 9:26 pm

westhegimpTbolt pass to Npal.
Date Climbed: Sep 26, 2009

westhegimp

Camped at Tbolt pass, in the morning I went up and traversed to Npal and met my friends there. We down climbed the gully to the west and back to camp. Good times. I remember being glad I brought my climbing shoes up. :)
Posted Aug 11, 2013 7:45 pm

cabSouthwest Chute #1  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 20, 2013

cab

To climb the summit block, we used a system of prusiks which we found much easier to use than tying loops in the rope.

We tossed both ends of the rope over the block and tied each side off to large boulders. Then, we attached one regular prusik to each rope and a Texas Prusik to one of the ropes for our feet. We used this system to climb the rope like you would in a crevasse rescue situation. Having two strands of rope over the summit block was key so that we could slide at least one of the prusiks up when the other strand of rope was pressed against the rock.
Posted Jul 22, 2013 3:22 pm

FairweatherSW Chute #1   Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 5, 1987

Fairweather

With Suzi & Dave Syracuse from camp in Dusy Basin.
Posted Nov 17, 2012 12:31 am

rdesotaStormy Summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 23, 2004

rdesota

Great trip from the westside. Started raining and snowing as we started the low 5th class portion. Lassoed the summit block and batmaned up. A great day.
Posted Oct 8, 2012 12:21 pm

mrchad92x  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 23, 2012

mrchad9

First step on the Palisade Traverse after being shut out by weather comng from the other direction two weeks earlier. Started out with Underhill Couloir and then across the regular traverse with a great group.

First climbed it in August 2008 up the southwest chute after climbing N. Pal and Polemonium the day before.
Posted Sep 24, 2012 1:40 pm

ckerthSW Chute #1  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2012

ckerth

Climbed SW Chute #1 to the notch. After some searching we eventually found a route that would probably be considered class 3 (go over the notch then traverse right through the next chute until easier climbing is found above). Used a rope ladder to climb the summit block. North Palisade the following day.
Posted Sep 20, 2012 9:52 pm

Sarah SimonSW Chute #1  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 13, 2012

Sarah Simon

From camp in Palisade Basin, ascended the SW Chute #1 to the notch. Class 4 out of the notch? We found no such thing, but did use a bocky, awkward 5th class line. Royally enjoyed the summit monolith. I am a pathetic rock climber, and was climbing above my paygrade on this summit block...if I can muscle my way up there, so can you! What a sensation being on top of this peak!!!
Posted Aug 17, 2012 2:48 am

Seth MaciejowskiPal Traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 30, 2012

Seth Maciejowski

with Dennis via Southwest Chute #1. Wild summit block moves!
Sketchy loose chimney coming down the south shoulder of Tbolt to starlight.
Posted Aug 3, 2012 12:37 pm

DonnoThunderbolt  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 27, 2012

Donno

Climbed East Face Zig Zag w/ Fishklr. Last CA fourteener!
Posted Jul 31, 2012 1:37 pm

krrt2000SW Chute #1  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 15, 1996

krrt2000

Great Climb
Posted Feb 17, 2012 12:31 am

efunkTraverse attempt 1  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 25, 2011

efunk

great day in the palisades.
T-bolt to North Pal and then down the U-Notch.
Posted Oct 7, 2011 1:51 pm

Mark NSW Chute  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2011

Mark N

2-day trip with guide Kurt Wedberg from SMI. Even though Kurt made it look easy I didn't attempt the summit block. Maybe next time.
Posted Sep 13, 2011 8:09 pm

SJSW Chute/Traverse
Date Climbed: Jul 23, 2011

SJ

A LOT of snow in Dusy Basin still and all the way up the SW Chute. Went in approach shoes w/ no axe or crampons, had to stick to the moat on the side of the couloir. Wandered too far left and topped out near the north (smaller) summit. Dicked around trying to get on top of it for a while until we realized it was the wrong one. We were attempting the traverse so instead of wasting more time once we got to the real summit trying to lasso the block, we headed on.
Posted Sep 12, 2011 12:43 am

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