Climbed up from camp in Palisade Basin with coworkers. Since it was a work-sponsored trip, we had a guide lead the summit block for us and we toproped the awesome 5.9. I intend to return for the entire traverse and am eager to do the daring lead myself.
The 12th CA 14er for me and my husband! Thanks to guides Zach and Trevor for great leading up the SW chute and the famed summit block. Headed out along the ridgeline to summit Starlight afterwards and reached the top of the milk bottle right as the afternoon thunderstorms started rolling in...
What AlpineAffinity said.
Stay right when the chute V's off. At the huge chockstone, get on top of it and head right up the 5th class. Once on the 5th class face, trend left/up to find the summit block. At this 5th class, go right here like me or you will find yourself on the backside of the summit block with lots of exposure.
Aaron ended up belaying me up a steep chimney after he reached the summit block me.
Second attempt. First time we were sure we hit a dead-end off course at the top. Turns out it was just around the corner.
Trend right for the most part while going up the chute or you'll be cool like us and end up on the NW ridge way early and have to downclimb back into the chute. Went under a giant chockstone near the summit and used the top of it to step over (right) onto a 5th class ledge/crack system that brought me to the top. Good luck on this fine (NOT) route.
#1: October 1, 2005 - via Southwest Chute #1. Fresh snow and high winds made us turn back 200' below the summit. I really didn't like the loose grit on the granite slabs midway up the couloir combined with the fall potential there. Not my favorite of slog chutes to climb.
b>#4: September 5-7, 2009 - via N Couloir with Jonathan Bye and Henry Steinberg. Bergschrund was a challenging brittle water ice on alpine ice climb, but a memorable lead. Took longer than expected due to the ice and my friends decided they didn't like the idea of sleeping on the ridge, so we bailed down the SW Chute #1 after finishing the route. Doh!
Used this to gain the summit block of Thunderbolt on our T-Bolt to Sill Traverse. With a group of 6 the rock fall was surprisingly minimal. We anticipated snow and ice, but were able to get up without the need of ice axe or crampons, even though we brought them.
Nice climb with Willand Fred, in a chilly sunny day. Will led the summit block. Fred and me top roped it.
Climbed with Fred & Luis. Ended up at Lightning Rod, so we had to downclimb then up to the Summit Bock. Lead the 5.9 side of the bock.
Beautiful weather--free climbed summit
T-bolt to Sill traverse day hike with forjan & fossana
Sep ?, 2002
Tbolt-Starlight link-up from Palisade Basin