North Palisade and the U-Notch

The north face of the North Palisade from the summit of Mount Gayley, showing the U-Notch. Be sure to thoroughly scout snow conditions on the way up. Avoid the ice, or that huge bergschrund at the bottom will make for a really bad day. (Sierra Nevada, California, USA.)

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Noondueler

Noondueler - Apr 27, 2009 7:56 pm - Voted 10/10

I read Norman Clyde's

account of a bad day on the U when he lost it and plummeted down the notch barely leaping the schrund and spending the rest of the season recovering from a broken ankle at Glacier Lodge.

Sierra Ledge Rat

Sierra Ledge Rat - Jun 6, 2009 3:04 am - Hasn't voted

Re: I read Norman Clyde's

Lucky he was able to leap the 'schrund some what in control.

BigPineJosh

BigPineJosh - Sep 6, 2009 7:09 pm - Voted 10/10

Nice Shot!

First of all, this is an awesome shot! I love the Palisades! Second, this summer, my friend and I climbed to the bergschrund and it was just a small level area with about a 10-15 ft. cliff... I've heard that it can turn into a crevass, but from what I saw, it was just a ledge with a cliff rising above it... does it depend on the time of year you go?

Sierra Ledge Rat

Sierra Ledge Rat - Sep 8, 2009 7:24 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Nice Shot!

Yes, conditions change dramatically. Once I climbed the U-Notch in the middle of winter and we didn't even see a crevasse or burgschrund at all.

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