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!
climbed via Swiss Arete w/ Mike Ostby. great day, great weather and a great climb!!!
Great trip, We left from camp at Mt Gayley, crossed the intense scree fields, summited, then back to camp, packed up and made it back to the car in one very long day.
After a failed attempt in june, under estimating the approach. From Thunderbolt Pass/Potluck Pass. Camped above tarn at Potluck. Favorite views
Climbed with Mike Brooks in 12 hours from the Glacier Lodge trailhead up the North Fork of Big Pine Creek to Sam Mack Meadow and up the Glacier Notch.
Beautiful morning, but it clouded up by 11a. Light snow, hail, and some rain, we were rapping in the rain and got a rope stuck, started to sound like an epic, but then it all came together.
End of the traverse, 10 hours from South Lake. That knife-edge was awesome.
Climbed this with SPer - Jeff B. We planned to do the traverse, but 70 mph gusts, mild hypothermia on my part, and lingering fatigue from getting our heavy packs to Sam Mack Meadow meant Sill was our only summit. Not a bad one at all though as the climbing was spectacular and the descent was pretty epic.
Awesome route. Would be much more enjoyable with nice snow cover up to Apex. 9th CA 14er.
big slog from the west
Climbed the North Coulior. The L-shaped snowfield is currently easy to bypass on the right (crampons not required). Great views from the top. Climbed Apex Peak on the way down.
The approach was not that bad, but my partner start experiencing a sever altitude sickness and we have to abort the ascent part.
Long day with Tom and Augie as he says below. Final peak on the traverse, glad it didn't take long to get to after Polemonium!
Long day doing the Palisades Traverse with Glenn and Augie. Still one of my favorite peaks. The beginning of a long night when Augie's three nights without sleep caught up to him.
Climbed up the N coulior which is dissappearing, kinda loose rock to the notch to Apex, Still a fun climb with great views of the Palisades
Fun climb. It hailed the day before, so the N. face was white and frozen. Also climbed Apex and Gayley as part of a long day hike.
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.