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Darren9got it  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2011


Via Underhill Couloir route with SMG. Thanks George for leading the summit block!
Posted Aug 2, 2011 1:26 am

Bill562Tbolt  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 23, 2011


With Alvin W and Oleg R from campsite on tbolt pass.

I think the class 4 section is really a stiff Class 3. We prussiked the summit block. If this is a new method, would it be considered a first accent? :-)
Posted Jul 25, 2011 2:10 am

zoomlocot-bolt to sill  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 5, 2010


quite a bit easier than hype about this traverse lets on. summit block is really only 5.6 or 5.7, albeit exposed. the rest of the traverse is quite a bit easier and best done unroped if you're comfortable
Posted Jul 16, 2011 4:19 pm

TheNobleSunfishThunderbolt to U-Notch
Date Climbed: Jun 25, 2011


Started our (short) traverse from Thunderbolt Pass. I Skipped the summit block to save time, though we did put up a top-rope which several other parties used : ]
Posted Jun 29, 2011 4:00 pm

Vitaliy M.fun outing  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2010

Vitaliy M.

with Mark via NW ridge. Climbed mt. Robinson day before. My first time in Palisades.
Posted Jun 28, 2011 4:12 pm

TheNobleSunfishNorth Couloir  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 1, 2011


Cold climb with the Caltech Alpine Club. 8 Climbers on top after lassoing the summit block and top-roping. Awesome!
Posted May 2, 2011 4:29 pm

pratyushNorth Couloir  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 1, 2011


climbed with members of Caltech Alpine Club.
Posted May 2, 2011 1:48 pm

Date Climbed: Sep 5, 2010


Got hosed on the approach and up into a gully off route. We we're at nearly 13,000 and working the rope, but reached blank wall.
Posted Dec 18, 2010 2:19 pm

Shane RathbunGreat view   Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2010

Shane Rathbun

Climbed via the Southwest Chute.

Aaron lasso'd the summit block quickly and we aided up, climbed the summit block via the Bob Burd method with the figure 8s on a bite. I will have to go back to lead it. :-)

We had some route finding issues and accidentally climbed the lightning rod. Desended via Underhill Couloir; lots of rappel slings already in place. Rappeled off a snow bollard over the bergshrund the base of Underhill due to not having crampons on the steep slopes.

We had ambitions to complete the traverse as a secondary objective but the route finding issues set us back.
Posted Dec 6, 2010 2:39 pm

skottyShouthwest Chute  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 5, 2010


Chickend out on the summit block, so officially I wouldn't count this as a true summit.
Posted Nov 11, 2010 6:48 pm

DariaPart 1 of Palisade traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 25, 2010


Part of Palisade traverse from Thunderbolt to Polemonium. Completed summit block-impressive chunk of granite
Posted Sep 26, 2010 7:38 pm

Ol WalsherSW Chute #1  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 20, 2010

Ol Walsher

Fitting this would be my 50th peak. A wild climb near the top. Can't think of a better summit block. Peter Croft and Conrad Anker signed the register a few days prior.
Posted Sep 11, 2010 10:12 pm

SKIThink that rope's gunna hold?  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2010


Tagged the summit on our way towards completing the Palisade Traverse... We weren't as lucky on the Traverse.
Posted Aug 16, 2010 9:45 am

McCannsterin the late afternoon  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 2, 2010


Sick climb. Left from the South Lake TH around 8:30 am with heavy packs and made it to Tbolt Pass by 3 PM. Ben and I then booked it up the SW Chute which was a route that I can't quite recommend, but it got us to the summit block in a quick 1 hour 4 mins. I freed the summit block as did Ben. Left the summit around 6 or so and descended back down the Chute to Barrett Lake where our friends were waiting for us at camp. Stumbled into the tent at dusk and passed out. Great outing.
Posted Aug 6, 2010 9:54 pm

PellucidWombat6th time's the charm  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2010


#1: October 1, 2005 - via Southwest Chute #1. Fresh snow and high winds made us turn back 200' below the summit.

#2: July 14, 2006 - Previous day's climb with Vlad Sofiyev took 'longer' than expected. We accidentally did a new route on the N Face of Mt Agassiz. Doh!

#3: March 28-30, 2007 - My canister stove failed and Mark Strahan's white gas stove failed at 3rd Lake. Doh!

#4: September 5-7, 2009 - via N Couloir with Jonathan Bye and Henry Steinberg. Bergschrund was a challenging brittle water ice on alpine ice climb, but a memorable lead. Took longer than expected due to the ice and my friends decided they didn't like the idea of sleeping on the ridge, so we bailed down the SW Chute #1 after finishing the route. Doh!

#5: June 19-21, 2010 - Made it to the summit block with Steph Abegg on our attempt at the Palisade Traverse. We were running late and couldn't get the rope on the summit block any better than slinging a bolt pin during our agreed 10 minute time limit, so we had to move on. I'll be back for the summit block another day!

#6: July 19, 2010 - Climbed the summit block with Vitaly after climbing the NW Ridge. What an outing!
Posted Jun 22, 2010 11:44 am

kraymesUnderhill Couloir  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 20, 2009


Got my 8.2 mm stuck tossing it over the SW side of the summit block, but after an hour of work it flipped free by happenstance to the correct orientation and I prussiked to the summit. No register that I could find. That 3rd stripped bolt needs to go.
Posted May 22, 2010 11:46 am

HeyItsBenTraverse thru N. Pal  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 31, 2009


Part of a Thunderbolt - Polemonium traverse, although we ran out of time for Pole... Thunderbolt was much easier than expected, not sure why its rated as one of the harder 14ers, I suppose just 'cause of the summit block. Climbed the summitblock on toprope, thought it was a straightforward boulder problem...
Posted Oct 28, 2009 4:18 pm

soslawTraverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 17, 2009


The last of 3 with Peter Doucette. Ran out of time and bailed without tagging Polemonium. Turned out to be a wise decision as I was running on empty and it took 15 hours before we got back to the trailhead.
Posted Sep 21, 2009 3:09 pm

HyadventureVia the Southwest Chute   Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 6, 2009


Technically: Easier than I thought it was going to be; one 5.8 move and some tricky scrambling up to the summit block.
Physically: Not so bad, surely not the easiest 14’er, but in the lower/mid range.
Route finding: Straight forward except for the last 100’. Once you reach the notch don’t just go straight up, take your time, you’ll find easier routes below the chockstone.
Danger: The last 100’ is a thrill and there’s lots of loose rock that can be kicked down on you by climbers above.

If Thunderbolt was 4 feet shorter not many people would bother climb this peak. But the fun climbing in the last 100’ and the technical summit block make it worth the trip.
Posted Sep 14, 2009 4:11 pm

danman3156Palisades Traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 6, 2009


Gained ridge VIA southwest chute to begin traverse to Mount Sill.
Posted Sep 13, 2009 10:38 pm

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