Mount Sill Climber's Log

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charitydominic - Oct 30, 2014 6:23 pm Date Climbed: May 21, 2010

Do once  Sucess!

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.


douggranger - Sep 16, 2014 9:21 pm Date Climbed: Jun 16, 2014

North Couloir in June  Sucess!

Roped up for glacier notch and the class 4 section. Crampons used for the class 4 section of mixed snow/rock. Tagged the summit with weather approaching. The last summit reached in my goal of climbing all the CA 14'ers. Thanks to good friends who joined me in this and previous hikes and climbs!


RoryKuykendall - Sep 10, 2014 1:23 am

Another No

September 2013

The third and final of my three epic unsuccessful dayhike attempts in the High Sierra during the summer of 2013(Williamson & Gardiner were the others). After success on Anna Mills two weeks prior I decided to attempt Sill as a dayhike from the backside via Bishop/Thunderbolt/Potluck Passes a few days before my 30th birthday. I ran out of gas and called it nine or ten hours into the day at about 13,500 feet, which was more or less exactly what happened on Williamson three months earlier. The fitness required just wasn't there.

Unfortunately I took a bad backwards cartwheel tumble in the talus between Potluck and Thunderbolt passes on the way back. I was very lucky to walk out on my own power. Nevertheless, I look back on this day as one of the most important days of my life for reasons I won't go into in this summit log. Some days the mountains don't give you what you want, but they give you what you need.


Fensterschlechter - Aug 16, 2014 4:08 pm Date Climbed: May 27, 2014

The L and NW chute  Sucess!

Long day from camp at Third Lake. Snow in the chute was sugary and the terrain was spicy. Didn't take gear, so had to downclimb!


BCL - Aug 10, 2014 9:45 am Date Climbed: Aug 7, 2014

North Couloir  Sucess!

Gaining the chute to Glacier Notch was a little tricky due to the receding glacier and rockfall. Couloir was dry...just a loose class 2 slog. The class 4 section had some snow on it, but we were able to kick steps in the snow to link the rock sections.

Dan Wiedrich

Dan Wiedrich - Aug 8, 2014 1:26 pm Date Climbed: Jul 31, 2014

From Willow Lake  Sucess!

It seemed to take forever (13 hours) for my daughter Sam and I to get to the top from Willow Lake via Scimitar Pass. Very beautiful hike and views. We saw a water fueled landslide in progress on the way up.


bedellympian - Jun 27, 2014 7:43 pm Date Climbed: Jun 20, 2014

Swiss Arete solo  Sucess!

A very fun and quick climb. The descent is a little spicy til you hit the top of the L-couli.


BMS914 - Feb 24, 2014 11:33 pm Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2013

L Couloir from N Colony Lakes  Sucess!

Fun climbing and awesome view. Moraine below Mt Gayley was annoying at the end of the day. Done as a really long day outing.

Vertigo soul

Vertigo soul - Sep 7, 2013 7:24 pm Date Climbed: Sep 5, 2013

Swiss Arete  Sucess!

Fantastic route! We had to wait out some weather before starting, and during that time we scrambled up Gayley for an extra summit. Fun climb on great rock and amazing views of the Sierra!!!


iditarod81 - Aug 20, 2013 3:36 pm Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2013

Southwest chutes  Sucess!

Summited via SW chutes (Bishop to Knapsack to Potluck passes on the way in and Thunderbolt pass on the way out). Luckily avoided some weather blowing in from the south - those on the eastern side (Palisade glacier) ended up bearing the brunt of the storms!


mtneering - Aug 16, 2013 5:32 pm Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2013

Fun  Sucess!

Route was fantastic weather was perfect.


Kristin5berry - Aug 16, 2013 10:24 am Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2013

Via N.C.  Sucess!

Great route, but rough approach through the boulder fields!


Donno - Aug 12, 2013 10:57 am Date Climbed: Sep 9, 2007

N. Couloir  Sucess!

W/ Chris on descent from Polemonium


Donno - Aug 12, 2013 10:56 am Date Climbed: Sep 11, 1999

N. Couloir  Sucess!

W/ Peter, Rahil & Reza


craig512 - Aug 2, 2013 12:11 am Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2013

North Couloir  Sucess!

Awesome climb, bad rockfall. This low snow plus heat and rain is a bad combination this year. Managed without crampons and axe across the North base of Mt. Gayley. Started from Third Lake and wasn't too bad although I wish we would've camped at Sam Mack Meadow.


mtneering - Jul 17, 2013 10:21 am


I will return for another summit bid. Made glacier notch and part way up N Couloir


AlexeyD - Jun 24, 2013 3:26 pm Date Climbed: Jun 17, 2013

success!  Sucess!

Via "L couloir" and SW ridge, from Sam Mack Meadow. Some snow remaining on Apex-SW ridge section made things a bit tricky, but manageable. Great conditions on couloir and Palisade Glacier. Incredible summit views. A bit of roped downclimbing on 4th-class section on the descent. All in all an awesome objective with a good, healthy level of mountaineering challenge and 5-star scenery.


telemarkdude - Nov 12, 2012 4:51 pm Date Climbed: Aug 4, 1985

North Couloir  Sucess!

A classic route.


mrchad9 - Sep 24, 2012 1:52 pm Date Climbed: Sep 23, 2012

2x  Sucess!

Great to be on top after a successful run of the Palisade Traverse with a great team. This followed an earlier summit by two weeks which began with a climb up Swiss Arete and was intended to complete the traverse but weather killed it at the U-Notch.

Ol Walsher

Ol Walsher - Sep 22, 2012 11:54 am Date Climbed: Sep 5, 2012

Swiss Arete  Sucess!

Swiss views of the Sierra!

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