3 of us ( myself, Tim Winiarski and Kevin Jellison ) climbed the V Notch under full on water ice conditions. The 'shrund was horrific. Luckily, Tim is good at vertical ice after playing at Ouray, CO. Got a late start and wound up having a cold bivy near the summit of Mt. Sill. Videotaped it too.
Day 5 of the 2002 Mountaineers Challenge. From South Lake, climbed Southwest Chute #1 to Thunderbolt, traversed to Starlight - North Pal - Polemonium, down the Southwest Chute from the U-Notch, then back to South Lake. 14hrs CTC. Trip Report.
Traversed from Thunderbolt to Starlight to N.Pal to Polemonium to Sill with bearbnz. We freeclimbed most of the route, with three rappels and three belayed (probably unneccesary) pitches total. Heavy packs and little route knowledge (Secor's book only) made for slow time --- OK, maybe lack of fitness contributed! Left the car around 530, summited Thunderbolt around 1100, summited Sill around 2100. Waited for daylight to decend an east couloir of Sill and walk down to the S. Fork Trail. Got to the car at 1330 on Aug. 18 and drove home to get some sleep.
Me & Ian M. started from the ranger hut, above the waterfalls. Ascended up Thunderbolt, and traverse the Palisades to Mount Sill and back to ranger hut. This was my third time, and it is still a thrill without a rope.
Departed from Sam Mack Meadow at 7:35am for T-Bolt East Face. From T-Bolt, I traverse the Palisades to Polemonium Peak where I met Nancy R. and Tom H. at Polemonium Glacier. I then escorted them to the summit of Pole., again! I then ran over and did Mount
Sill and descended with them down the North Coulour to Sam Mack Meadow.
We took longer than expected on North Palisade, but still had enough time to get this one in, too. Glad we did. Easy and fun climbing. Trip report.
This was the fourth peak of my CA 14er tour.
From the U-Notch, I headed up and right on rock that was never harder than Class 4. Then I traversed left along a ridge to the summit of Polemonium. After bagging Polemonium, I headed over to Sill, then finally over to Middle Palisade and down the South Fork of the Big Pine.