Climbed Swiss Arete for the second time. First time was twenty years ago with John Fischer. Great fun climb. Very sad how much the Palisade glacier has retreated over the last two decades.
Hit MS as part of the Palisades traverse last summer. Great exposure and difficult route-finding, but Bruce kept us on course.
finer than fine climb. Simuled or soloed much of it. Beautiful and clean. Now, if only the approach could be a tad bit shorter. Must keep in mind that you are climbing all the while.
Climb Mt Sill on our way to Polemonium Peak. Perfect conditions and the easiest class 4 I have done.
This was my second winter solo attempt. I love the journey, though can't quite make the summit. I'll keep trying!
third time w/ crampons. second attempt- first time in storm. best of views- thanks to Kevin Ball
revisit my last CA 14er! Ah, this one will always have a little warm spot in my heart :)
Up it 4 times! Last was via the Swiss arete. We can down a new way around Temple Crag down to 3rd lake to avoid the icy glacier. That was an adventure.
A long time in the planning, a pilgrimage to the Palisade Glacier before it is entirely gone, and a beautiful day to spend a few minutes on the summit of Sill! Thanks to Joe, Phil, Bob, and Stuart for the team effort.
Long slog at the end of the day. Went down the backside which was a huge mistake. Much better to go back over polemonium and down the backside of the U-notch.
Day hiked T-bolt to Sill traverse with fossana and mybackyard. Ran into Kevin Trieu, eggheadsherpa and Wendy at Gayley camp. Thanks eggheadsherpa for the merlot!
Solo backpacking trip via Bishop & T-bolt Passes. Next time the Swiss Arete!
Final peak on an amazing day with mybackyard and forjan.
Last peak of our Traverse day hike from T-bolt with fossana & forjan.
Good climb with Mike Schash. The view of the Palisades neighbors really is spectactular.
The final peak on our T-bolt to Sill traverse. We were getting pretty tired by this point but it was sure worth it. What a great way to spend a day. The summit views were impressive particularly looking down the Swiss Arete.
3.5 hours to summit from Gayley Camp. Couldn't believe how short traverse and class 4 section were, but they were still fun. L-snowfield was starting to get soft on the descent (9:30 AM) but was still hard enough to make it easy with crampons. Beautiful area and fun climb.
Unusually warm day at 14,000+! :P Being in the Palisades for the first time, I can't say I was totally impressed since the glacier looked like a "landfill" due to the low snow year. The route was fun, although I wished it was a bit longer. Would i personally call it "classic"?.....probably not. But for namesake, it was classic to witness all the names of the old timers in the summit register (a copy of the Sierra Club register): Clyde, Dawson, Robinson, Wade, Eichorn etc). Interestingly enough and by coincidence, we did our ascent on the same day Muir and Glen Dawson did theirs.....70 years ago to the day! Deb and I tackled the 5.9 variation of the crux pitch....great hand jams! Being with her made up for all the shortcomings and expectations. :)
Beautifully warm day to be on a mountain, especially fine Sierra granite! Really fun easy climb, but awful short; simul-climbed all but 1 1/2 pitches. Thanks to hubby for leading, the altitude and my ovaries sapped my endurance.