Nice to go back and get the summit block (aided and with the "Vlad Cam." :)
Exciting climb with Samantha, Hakan (sierrawolf), and Vladimir. Vlad lead the class 4 pitches and the summit block.
Thanks for leading up the summit block :)
Up it 3 times but up the summmit block (exposed 5.9 move) twice! Last was during a palisade traverse where we bivied a few feet down from the summit of North Pal.
My brother and I did the palisade traverse. Spectacular climb.
T-bolt to Polemonium with Shay. Altitude + regular sick = "double whammy". Purty views, rope useful for rappels.
Came up SW chute #1 after a bivy at the lake below thunderbolt pass. Reached the summit at dawn.
Day hiked T-bolt to Sill traverse with fossana and mybackyard.
Route Climbed: SW Chute #1
Date Climbed: September 9, 2006
Climbed with Javier and DustysDawg. Started at 3:30am from South Lake. Summited the block via the 5.9 side by 9:15am or so. Continued on the traverse towards Starlight/North Pal/Polemonium/Sill. Back at the shuttle car at Glacier Lodge at 9:30pm (18 hrs: South Lake/T-bolt to Sill traverse/Glacier Lodge).
T-bolt to sill traverse dayhike with fossana & forjan.
Alternate Challenge Peak with Chris (metasyn11) for the 2007 Sierra Challenge. Picked in lieu of the dozen people heading up the shooting gallery known as Jigsaw Pass. OK, 99% success as we failed to gain the summit block (F grade for lassoing effort). Got to climb the Cl.4 section above the notch twice after the rope stuck post-rap (we wanted to use the rope since we dragged it up). Slip on talus block below T-Bolt pass fractured thumb and knocked me out of remainder of SC2007. Revisit to T-Bolt a must after climbing/lassoing experience improves.
Entire traverse completed in dayhike on 2 Aug 2008
SW#1 chute. Did not really succeed beause I was too much of a wuss to solo the 5.9 summit block. Also balied off just before starlight on the traverse - was having issues route finding (was trying to be too cool by not bringing any route description - that, in addition to being a wuss, did it for me). Came down SW#2 chute - intense route finding on the way down to keep myself from getting killed. I do not know, but the down climb from T-bolt to the notch between it and Starlight did not feel like class 4, and neither did being on the ridge pretty much all the time till the last prominent spire before the Milk Bottle.
Was kind of fun in a pervese sort of way.
Dayhike out of South Lake as an alternate peak for the Sierra Challenge. We had no problem climbing the chute and getting to the summit area, but after 30 minutes of trying to lasso the final block we gave up and were content with signing the register at the base. I'm still trying to decide if this counts as an ascent, but it was a fun climb nonetheless.
The bro and I climbed T-bolt via the Underhill as the first peak of our T-bolt to Sill traverse. We found a solid bridge across the berg and after the inital sandy sections found the couloir to be quite fun to climb. Summited at 7AM to awesome views of the entire range.
Marty and I did the T-bolt to North Pal traverse from South Lake TH; ~15 hrs CTC. Got pushed off of North Pal by lightening ~1pm; otherwise another great day in the Sierras with great company.
I had previously reached the base of the summit block but couldn't reach the top with boots and no rope. I had to return to finish the last 2.5 meters. One of the best summits in California!
A really nice day on a really nice Sierra 14er. My climbing partner Andrea and I topped out by aiding the summit block after tossing a rope over the top.
Seven of us mounted the summit block thanks to Rick Booth leading the summit pitch on another excellent PCS adventure.
"I am worn and bruised but I am here at least."
Left base camp solo at 4:00AM, crossed glacier and reached berg 5:00; climbed up couloir (including 200 ft of neve and 2 small patches of grey ice), tended to climbers left over and through some rocks reaching the crest at 6:30. Dropped down on west side to find lots of snow on all ledges and exposed rocks. I had no beta other than "south summit is the high summit". Traversed and climbed the class 3 and 4 with crampons. Finally was on top of the summmit block at 8:00AM still wearing crampons. rapped down and down climbed back to camp by 10:30.
Made it to the tippy top - but only because Roxanna Brock climbed the last pitch. Thanks Rox!