traverse is not as hard as hyped, a bit disappointed. milk bottle was definitely fun, and not difficult at all.
climbed as 3-member team, bailed when it was 6.30 and we were still at U-Notch. The 3 peaks that we did were awesome though!
Coming from Thunderbolt and on the way to Polemonium. Cool summit milk bottle. I felt privileged to be standing atop a phallic symbol
The cold weather and high winds turned this into a hellish climb for me. Too windy to free the Milk Bottle, but I was able to aid it. Plenty of real climbing from class 3 to 5.easy. The tricky route finding and tons of exposure makes this a climb only for the bold and skilled.
WARNING: Do not climb the Milk Bottle without a sling (double) to back-up the bolt. The ¼ inch bolt and folded sheet metal hanger, both rusted, are not safe to handle bodyweight, let alone a fall.
Steph Abegg and I summited while doing the Palisade Traverse. We brought a pink cowboy hat along as a summit prop!
Cool to actually see the milkbottle in person after seeing pictures of it for so long, kind of like meeting that celebrity that you've only seen on TV (if you watch TV, that is). Long and rewarding day.
Fun to straddle the summit pinnacle ala Norman Clyde
Great lead by kovarpa allowed me to have a nice toprope.
Climbed with Vladimir and Hakan from Palisade Basin. The "Milk Bottle" was an exciting top rope for me. Thanks to Hakan's route info we were able to follow this complicated route with 4 belayed 4th class sections. Vladimir soloed the "Milk Bottle" with approach shoes, a backpack, and a hiking pole!
Congrats, Gordon! It's always sweeter after a few attempts. Glad you guys made it up & down both of these challenging & amazing peaks. So is Thunderbolt the only one left now??? When's the barbeque going to be, man?!
I got a lot to go if I want to finish the CA 14ers. I got thunderbolt, but not williamson/tyndall/sill/langley/muir/white/split, so only half done :) Still must do the barbecue though! Some time in Oct?
...but getting up to and down from the summit pinnacle was more challenging than I expected. This was the third in our three peak traverse that included Polemonium & North Pal. We approached via the west chute from Palisade Basin and traversed from North Pal. We descend by multiple raps down the Starlight Chute. Safely summitting and descending was made possible through the team effort of my partners, Phil & Joe.
Palisades traverse from T-bolt to Sill
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. Traversed from Thunderbolt to the "Milk Bottle". Topped out via a TR that was lead/set by Dave S. Great climbing Trip.
Continuing the traverse. Skipped the milk bottle because I thought I needed to hurry, so I'll have to come back.
Three members of the Ghoulwe Mountaineering Club; Dave Johnson, John Wettstein & Daniel Guerrero climbed Starlight via the NW Chute - for Dave & John, the final Calif. 14er!
Climbed with Mike Brooks from our base camp at Dusy Basin. Used the NW Chute route and made it to the top of the milk bottle
Came up from Underhill Couloir with some friends. Fourth time up.
Check you date...today is 10/9/08...is this some kind of time warp?