Awesome climb with a long, beautiful approach. Mary and I were lucky and got a permit for 3 nights. We spent the first night at the great sites between 1st and 2nd lake and then moved up to the moraine camp under Mt Gayley. We climbed the route on day 3 and then spent another night at the moraine camp before hiking out. The climbing on the route was excellent...exposed, solid rock, fun moves...and we got some extra climbing in by starting at the very base of the arete. A good 4 days in the backcountry.
North couloir route was everything it was supposed to be. A fantastic peak and a lot of fun.
We tried to follow the Southwest Chutes route, but ended up creating our own variation. Check the "Southwest Chutes Variation" Route for more details! It was a difficult climb, but a ton of fun! The view was incredible and definitely worth it! Blue skies all day!
East Couloir via South Fork of Big Pine Creek.
Hiked over from Gayley on my way to Polemonium, via North Couloir. Very nice out.
Perfect conditions on the North Couloir route. A little bit of ice on the traverse, but easily avoided. A fantastic climb!
Nice fun day
Climbed with Justin (swapped leads) -- fantastic day, gorgeous scenery, exposure and fun climbing.
Descended the N. couloir, which was pretty dry so no need to rappel.
Spent the night at Gayley Camp (~12200') the night before.
Solo. Great weekend.
It was an awesome climb. Ran out of time to bag Polemonium.
So much snow! Wanna grab that Swiss Arete!
Went up the SW chutes with my 16 year old kid towards the end of a 2 week backpack in the Sierra. Had a great time. Was really wanting to get over to the other Palisades. My kingdom for a rope!
Solo day hike from Big Pine Creek - South Fork approach.
Very fun albeit short route. Worth a return sans rope and to continue further!
Second time on Sill
Day hiked the Thuderbolt to Sill Traverse in just over 20 hours. Started at South Lake and ended at the shuttle car at Glacier Lodge. Climbed with SPer's Forjan,Kevin Trieu,Dave S,Luis Gijon and Corey Harelson. This was the hardest part of the whole traverse for me, but I knew it was all worth it once I hit the top.
Poor routefinding lead us to an impasse ~50 ft. from the summit. Approached VIA SF Big Pine Creek. Bulletproof ice on the L-Shaped couloir.
Jon Meek and I climbed Mt Sill's Swiss Arete. What an awesome route. It's easy to see why this one is an alpine classic. A lot of exposure, high altitude, awesome rock and some of the best views I've seen from any High Sierra peak. Combine all that with perfect weather and a great climbing partner, it was an awesome weekend!