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.
Rick Kent and I day climbed the V-Notch couloir. Our original plan was to tag both Polemonium and Sill, but reality set in. We skipped Polemonium and tagged Sill (20 hrs car-to-car). Totally wasted.
Route Climbed: Thunderbolt-to-Sill traverse
Date Climbed: September 9, 2006
Climbed with Javier and DustysDawg. Part of the Thunderbolt to Sill traverse single day push (18 hrs: South Lake/T-bolt to Sill traverse/Glacier Lodge).
Route Climbed: Swiss Arete
Date Climbed: August 6, 2006
Climbed with Sam Mills.
We did it in 4 pitches as we solo the class 4/low 5th section to gain the arete proper. Started walking out of Gayley camp at 5:10AM and made the summit by 10:15AM. Excellent weather! Also, ran into SP'er graham at the summit, who came up via the North couloir. Left summit a bit after 11AM and were back to camp by 12:40PM (7.5 hrs camp to camp). Then, packed up and left camp at 1:30PM on the slog-back to the trailhead getting there just before 5:00PM.
Route Climbed: North Couloir
Date Climbed: August 7, 2004
Started at 4:45am from the Glacier Lodge day hiker's trailhead with mdostby. We were both moving slow in the morning....I guess coming up from sea level in less than 12 hrs didn't help either. We got to Sam Mack Meadow at about 10:00am. Took a very short break here and pressed on. Then, around 10:30am, Mike tells me that today he just doesn't have the energy to do the peak (btw, Mike started it all about 2 years ago when he told that we should day hike/climb most of the California 14ers). So, after 10:30am, I was going solo. I pulled out the ice axe and deployed crampons for the section across the Palisade Glacier before gaining the class 3 chute that leads to Glacier Notch. The North Couloir itself was pretty much melted out; there was perhaps 100 feet of snow climbing. Then, I arrived at the supposed-to-be class 4 section. I climbed it with my LaSportiva Makalu mountain boots and it seemed to me class 3, but I guess you can make it class 4 and even class 5 the further climber's left you go. I reached Mount Sill's summit at 2:01pm. I encountered three other people up there who came via Elinore Lake. One of them (Margina Rhyne of Bishop) took my summit picture since I didn't bring a camera. I left the summit at 2:15pm, down the North Couloir, down the class 3 chute back to the Palisade Glacier. I ran into no one from Palisade Glacier to summit back to Palisade Glacier. I then took a ten minute break at the creek 500 below Sam Mack Meadow and then continued on to the trailhead. I arrived at the Glacier Lodge trailhead at 7:50pm, where Mike greeted me with a cold beer. All in all, a huge day!! (more so than we anticipated). Next year I have my eyes on the Swiss Arete.
Climbed Sill solo in '05, then repeated the hill via Swiss Arete in July '06.
Climbed Swiss Arete and then over to Polemonium in a day with JM. Long, but great, day in the mountains!