Thunderbolt to Sill in Winter

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Thunderbolt to Sill in Winter

by glahhg » Mon Feb 21, 2011 6:12 pm

A couple buddies of mine just completed the traverse a couple weeks ago in 3 days from the car, with a bivy at 14k.

Nice work dudes! ... -traverse/



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Re: Thunderbolt to Sill in Winter

by Bob Burd » Tue Feb 22, 2011 3:02 am

Wow. Now that's impressive. Way to get it done!

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Re: Thunderbolt to Sill in Winter

by seano » Tue Feb 22, 2011 3:26 am

That's seriously bad-ass. I think "I want to do that someday," then I realize that I totally lack the khram...

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Re: Thunderbolt to Sill in Winter

by graham » Tue Feb 22, 2011 4:12 pm

Outstanding adventure PullHarder dudes! Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Thunderbolt to Sill in Winter

by Daria » Wed Feb 23, 2011 12:38 am


This is high on my to do list, along with completing Black Kaweah in the winter. About a year ago, I had consulted with one of my outdoor partners about the possibility of doing the Palisade traverse in the winter, and of course got a typical wussie response which deflated the prospects. But now I can revisit the issue with renewed vigor, seeing that it has been done!
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Re: Thunderbolt to Sill in Winter

by Vicles » Thu Mar 10, 2011 2:38 am

Fuckin A! Nice. I would put in a vote that they got the FWA of that section....

A partner and I went from southfork pass to the north side of Norman Clyde a few winters ago (with the intent to go alllll the way...)and we had to bivy 3 times! Powder snow on 3rd/4th clas might as well have been 5.12 rock. ugh.

I posted this thread to an older supertopo winter traverse thread: ... msg1435374

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