This was my final California 14'er. It turned out to be a very emotional and physical battle to finally conquer the Palisades. A big thanks to my partners Patricia Bell and Garrett Broughton for their help.
From Thunderbolt to Polemonium as a dayhike-I enjoyed the 4th class, fun climb
Took some friends up. Started at Gayley, then Sill, then over to Pole. Ended the traverse after being chase by thunder and rain.
A hour 40 min roundtrip from the u-notch. Glad to have done it.
Great day, and tougher than I expected. Next time I will try not to punch through the 'schrund.
Via the U-notch. Fun climb, great mix of snow ice and rock.
My last CA 14er. Via U-notch, much harder for me than expected. The ice was extremely hard and brittle, was glad to get onto the short yet super fun rock pitches at the top. Made the last rap down over the 'shrund in the dark, long day.
Climbed with kovarpa and hamik via the V-notch on our way to North Pal and Starlight.
Climbed as part of the Thunderbolt to Sill traverse.
Polemonium, the first in our three peak traverse that included North Pal & Starlight. We approached via the west chute from Palisade Basin. The climbing above the U-notch was much more challenging than I anticipated. Safely summitting and descending was made possible through the team effort of my partners, Phil & Joe.
Part of a traverse
Day hiked the Thuderbolt to Sill Traverse in just over 20 hours. Started at South Lake and ended at the shuttle car at Glacier Lodge. Climbed with SPer's Forjan,Kevin Trieu,Dave S,Luis Gijon and Corey Harelson. Great views from the top.
Topped out at 5:30pm ish, after a windy night in the bivy sac. Rapped in half dark.
I looked for the Clyde Variation and probably missed it, so this was trickier than I had expected...
got 12 peeps to the summit after two hours of belaying 4th class section
Did this with Tom Becht and Glenn Gookin on a beautiful day. Truth to tell, after doing Thunderbolt's summit block and Starlight's "Milk Bottle" this peak was anti-climactic. we spent more time rapping down the U-Notch than scrambling up the other side to Polemonium.
Long day doing the Palisades Traverse with Glenn and Augie. The peak was relatively easy after wasting a lot of time rapping into the U-Notch.
Hit PP as part of the Palisades traverse last summer. Great exposure and difficult route-finding, but Bruce kept us on course.
Fine climb with Samantha, Hakan (sierrawolf), and Vladimir. Vlad lead the two pitches. The second pitch should have a 5.6 rating.
An early morning err in routefinding put me in the U-Notch couloir, wondering where the f@#! Mount Sill was. Meant to traverse Sill to T-Bolt, but only ended up doing Polemonium to Starlight. Saves some peaks for next time though - sometimes they are sweeter the second time around.