Came over after climbing V Notch from Sam Mack Meadow and stood to the east of the summit looking across a gap at a short knife edged ridge. It didn't look difficult, just really exposed, but we couldn't really tell and we had pretty beefy mountaineering boots. Plus, we didn't know if we could get down to U Notch from there and wanted to get back to the glacier before dark, which didn't happen anyway. We descended a gully system on the north face, which took us into the lower part of U Notch, where we downclimbed and rapped. I wish I would have done some research on how people get up and off the thing.
Couldn't do the whole traverse without having to bivy out. First alpine climbing experience
Did the Palisade traverse from Thunderbolt to Sill as a day hike from South Lake. Enjoyed the scrambling from the U-notch to the summit.
CTC with Kurt from SMI in about 15hrs. An awesome route, and an amazing guide.
Nice 4th class / easy 5th arête. Then we spent the night on the ridge between Sill and Polemonium, a memorable night in the High Sierra.
A really nice day of climbing with Dan Kruger to complete the California's 14 'ers. A little issue finding the route (that's what I get for looking at a guide book). Some rhime ice plastered on the route from the U-Notch.
Loose and rocky wins the race.
Great day, except for catching a falling rock on the jaw. Left a little blood on summit. Sometimes, the mountain wins.
A long day with Mark starting from South Lake, climbing North Palisade, traversing to Polemonium, then back to our bivy at Thunderbolt Pass. Glad to get the CA 14ers done, but a tough day thinking about our friend Pat Hadley who was supposed to join us on this trip.
Great dayhike! Very enjoyable pace, stunning landscape and fun scramble. Chute up to u-notch was a bit tedious but intuitive and easy. Made for a really pleasant day about 15 hrs car-to-car and that was taking it easy. Highly recommended!
Spectacular scramble via south ridge w/ Chris. Touched Sill summit on descent.
During the Thunderbolt to Sill traverse. #15, woohoo!
Part of the Palisade Traverse with a great group, was getting cool and late in the day so not too long on top, but love the view.
First climbed in August 2008 when poor snow/ice made a trip up the back of the U-Notch most feasible. Climbed Polemonium as a side trip after the North Palisade.
Second trip was early September 2012 when poor weather forced us to abort a Palisade Traverse starting from Sill (following a rough but planned bivy at the U-Notch).
Traverse from Sill
In Febuary traversed from Sill to Starlight.
Traversed from Mt. Sill with the Smashie and Bare Grundeles. Awesome day.
From camp above Palisade basin with Oleg
R and Alvin W
With Rob. Lead my first pitch ever on summit of Polemonium. Descended via polemonium glacier. Long day - was happy to see Tang and camp that evening.
Takes no time at all climbing up and down from the U-Notch. Descending the U-Notch on the other hand... well, let's just say it wasn't in the condition I was hoping for.
quite a bit easier than hype about this traverse lets on.