Climbed with Vendulka. Up the L-shaped snowfield and down via the North Couloir (there seems to some confusion in the various guidebooks on what the NC route is...). Great views from the top.
The 4th class section will probably be covered with light snow/ice for the rest of the season making it more difficult. We wound up rappelling it on the way down. Only enjoyed the "Best view in the Sierra" for 10 thanks to single digit wind chills.
Nice climb with completebum and rwkent. The class 4 section was a little sketchy with ice/snow present.
typical long hump to the glacier... glad to find the
killer bivy cave not occupied.. 7am start ... was able
to free solo ... incredible experience.. the views
and weather were perfect.. kinda crappy decent on
some sketchball snow but able to pull thru...
back to camp for some chow and then the big
hump back to metal box..
Fantastic route! Mike Ybarra and I started from our base camp at Third Lake. Mike missed the famous step-around move and instead led us up the '5.9 direct buttresss variation' (as per Secor), which featured a stellar yet pumpy hand crack. Way to go, Mike! Incredible views from the summit. On the descent, we discovered that a good part of the West face is covered with fresh snow and ice. Four dicey rappels later, we finally got to the top of North couloir and downclimbed/glissaded back to the glacier. Got off route on the hike out and found ourselves on the slabs above Sam Mack Meadows. Had *just* enough daylight to rappel into the moat near the east side of the meadows and find the trail. A great and long day!
Another beautiful day in the Sierras. Spectacular views all along the route.
Amazing climb, very clean rock with some fun moves. The summit is one of my favorites so far.
The couloir had plenty of snow in it, but I didn't need to use my crampons.
Via the Swiss Arete. Two teams of two each with friends Doug, Colin and Scott. Noticed in the summit log that badass ski legend Glen Plake had signed in a few weeks earlier!
Finally made it to the summit of Mt. Sill after two attempts from the west, and one chicken exit from the east. Stellar weather all day. The snow was pretty mushy though.
This was a very enjoyable climb. The conditions were quite snowy for this time of year, which was an advantage.
Mt. Sill is a beautiful mountain and I hope to make it up there again. It is my first "14er" in the Palasade region. The climb via South Fork was nice except for the aweful plants and mosquitos in the Willow lake area.
Followed easy ridge from Polemonium. What a great view. If bivied behind North Pal (south side) it is possible to slog around the Palisades and tag Sill.
Climbed with Nathan as a get acquainted climb in anticipation of our trip to Aconcagua in January 2004. Set camp just below the Palisade glacier. Rte up the North couloir was straight forward followed by some short pitches of class 4 rock. Blue bird day on top.
Climbed North couloir solo in May. Good hard snow all the way from 3rd lake to top of couloir (took short cut straight up from 3rd along Temple crag and Gayley to bottom of Glacier notch and camped ). Tricky, snowy traverse to ridge but very fun in retrospect. Climbed the Swiss arete in summer- wonderful climb and fantastic views. Can't wait to take my son on that one.
Led by the late great Kim Richards. Perfect weather, perfect climb, perfect trip.
I climbed Mount Sill in June of 2000, via V-notch along with guide Brendon Cusick of AAI. Unfortunately at that time I did not own my digital camera and have no pictures. I returned in 2004 to see the west side of North Pal., Sill and the entire Palisade crest by backcountry travel from Bishop Pass over Napsack Pass, the Barrett Lake region, Potluck Pass, and later returned via the PCT north, then over the Dusy Basin trail again.
Dayhike out of the Big Pine TH. I found the route-finding in the North Couloir much trickier than expected--so much for Bob's claim that I'd find it to be the easiest 4th class in the Sierra! It took considerable searching to find the easy way up, and I had a heck of a time trying to remember my exit point on the way back. The final portion up to the ridge looks like cliffs from above! I was starting to think I'd have to hang about and try to convince some other climber to let me use his rope and rappel... fortunately a key cairn and some more diligent route inspection saved me from embarrassment.
No views on Sill as the summit was socked in with clouds. A rather impressive lightning storm developed as I was heading up Gayley, so I bailed out down the drainage to Willow Lake without tagging that one. That was a mistake--I didn't find the use trail, and ended up doing way more talus hopping, bush whacking, and cursing than I'd have preferred.
Perfect day -- longer slog than expected. Outstanding view from the top.