Epic day! 14 hours round trip, traverse around the ice on glaciers notch up apex peak added time but made it more adrenaline filled. Trail appears and disappears after the SF route split off to willow lake making for a longer day but it was awesome. I recommend bringing crampons for sure unless your hiking from the south.
I went up there to climb Gayley (I climbed Sill in 2015) and looking at the L shape couloir it was nothing but a sheet of ice. Being a low snow year caused the snow there to harden and polish. I hope that who gets up there this year knows what they are doing and are very technically prepared. Going along the sides was also not an option: there's ice over the entire width. I got pictures of it: if anyone needs to take a look, hit me up with an email.
Followed the Southwest slope route description. Loooooong approach. But gorgeous. Decent amount of snow in the chutes, but chose to scramble up the rock instead. Will definitely be back to tackle the Palisades.
Lots of snow on the approach, but a fun few pitches of mainly low 5th class to the stunning summit. The crux step across is all mental and pretty simple as long as the exposure doesn't get to you. Overall, an awesome experience!
Couldn't do the whole traverse without having to bivy out. First alpine climbing experience
Did the Palisade traverse from Thunderbolt to Sill as a day hike from South Lake. The descent was pretty easy to the south, but going over Potluck and Thunderbolt passes was not fun at the end of the day.
I think we heard you guys Saturday night when you got into the meadow. We packed into Sam Mack Meadow Saturday and got an alpine start Sunday.
Backpacked into Sam Mack Meadow Saturday. Alpine start and hike out on Sunday made for a very long day. Going up the Class 3 chute above the glacier, we ended up on Class 4 slabs to the right. Coming down the Class 3 chute on a use trail was simply loose as sh!t.
Very long day with Rob,Tam, Frank,and Brenda. The hike in was good on the North Fork. We took a chute from Sam Mack Meadow up to the Little lake at the base of the Glacier. The glacier wasn't a problem so we just went straight for the base of the glacier notch. The sketchiest part for me was the class 3 up to the notch. It was pretty loose until about half way up. The class 4 section was awesome though. Probably a little easier than class 4 but awesome. Summit was rad spent about 20 minutes up top eating and snappin pics. Climbed down and it got dark about a half mile from Sam Mack. Got back to the car just before 3am. Great day will forsure remember this one forever.
Sierra Challenge Day 7
Climbed from Apex peak 5.4 ish beautiful. Also cilmbed solo from back side previously. Beautiful peak.
Second time on Sill. With R. Renteria the easy way. Then went up Polemonium and did a planned bivy on the ridge between the two. Great night near 14,000 ft.
Perfect day from Sam Mack Meadow. Fun route.
With Mark, Rick, and Marty.
Some ice to negotiate on the descent.
Climbed Gayley afterwards.
Brought a first time climber to Mount Sill. Attempted to climb via Scimitar Pass, then South East face. Made it up Scimitar Pass. Climbing partner was tired and became overwhelmed by the altitude, steepness, loose rocks, etc; and did not want to come down. We reached Scimitar Pass at 3 PM, about a 5 hour climb. It took 7 hours to get down to the area of camp. We arrived after dark. We were camped behind a marshy area with brush. I could not find the camp and we spent the night out in the open. I am a former Navy navigator and skilled with compass, maps, even celestial, if I had a sextant, and had declined to use GPS. I did not imagine the need to hike around at night off trail. This event led to my purchase of GPS.
Attempted Mount Sill by the Scimitar Pass, South East face route. Made it up Scimitar Pass. Rounded the base of Mount Jepson. Hit by 20-30 mph winds, drizzle, and buildup of dark clouds from the west. Hustled back up and over the pass. At the base of the Norman Clyde Glacier, thunder storm began in the area of Mount Jepson, about 1/4 mi. away.
Not successful. Went up to Mount Sill, with nephew, his first time. Intended to climb the L-Couloir. Couloir looked steep and we looped around to take the Scimitar Pass and Southeast Side route. This was too much of a hike and we turned back.
Climbed Mount Sill with Armando Figueroa by the L-Couloir. Approach from South Fork Big Pine Creek trail. Camped along the stream, past the turnoff to Lake Elinore.
Solo hike on North Fork from Glacier Lodge, up the North L-Shapped couloir. I was so concerned about this hike, weather and difficulty, I almost didn't go. Started at 3:00AM, got to the summit at 10:10AM. No ropes, no climbing equipment. The crampons, helmet and ice axe were not necessary, but I used them. Dark, heavy clouds were pointing to a thunder storm. 10 minutes on the summit was all I spent up there, mostly looking for the geological marker I've never found. I signed the registry and left. Got back to car at 4:30PM. Great, enjoyable hike. Many thanks to summitpost's Cab for his topo map and for manning me up.
Bailed before reaching Glacier Notch from the North Fork. Couldn't decide between the steep loose scree, black ice, or powdery snow. Decided to visit all seven lakes instead. Will try again...
So loose in the col. Yipes. Made worse with the klutzo team above us tossing down rock afer rock. Wear your careful shoes and mind your manners. I would not do this one again. Inelegant Class 2 with a chance of boulders.