Climbed sill via the swiss arête and traversed to thunderbolt. Down the underhill couloir.
Lassoed and prusiked the Thunderbolt summit block, led the milk bottle (bolt up there is scary!). The snow from the week before was mostly not an issue, though it probably made us rope up in a couple of places we wouldn't have otherwise. We camped at Thunderbolt pass and returned via Potluck Pass.
Really enjoyed every aspect of the traverse with a fun group. Started at Underhill and then from Thunderbolt to Sill.
Great day with Stevee.
I was a bit disappointed with the route. Poor quality rock abounds and lead to nearly a very serious accident. Result of the accident was that we were forced to retreat from just below the summit of Starlight to get our party down safely after the injury. Not sure if I would go back for this route, but definitely will be back to climb the peaks by other routes.
summits of tbolt and starlight are cool, not difficult though they get your attention. otherwise, the traverse is very easy on less than quality rock. not as many heads up/ exposed places as would be ideal. I was a bit disappointed that this is supposedly america's best/ most classic traverse. see matthes crest or blanca/ little bear for better options and constant exposure. not to mention the capitol traverse which I havent yet done... though the full palisades traverse (8 mi) no doubt packs the punch, hope I get on that one soon...
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!
Skipped my 10 year H.S. reunion to do this route . . . yup it was worth it!
yeah I did this. It was whatever. Nah kidding it was fun, except we C-T-C'd it from South Lake, which was a bad idea.
Amazing climb with JB. Had trouble finding our way up the east face of T-bolt, decided to turn around, and then made a 2nd attempt. Bivied on the summit of T-bolt and then continued on to Sill the next day. We had great weather the whole time and didn't see anyone above Sam Mack Meadows.
Lost a ton of time as we went too far left in the SW chute of T-bolt. Managed to lasso the summit block of the beast, summit and made our way down to Starlight before deciding to bail via the Underhill (terrible chute choice)and rapped across the Palisade Glacier. Excellent day though with a cool partner. You see a lot of ground with the car shuttle.
couldn't even figure out what point was polemonium, but the rest was one of the best days i've had, about 5 hours from sill to thunderbolt
Almost there! Steph Abegg and I climbed the North Couloir of Thunderbolt and made it to the U-Notch in time for sunset (my bad on the excessive simul-climbing and hacking cough of death. Sorry!). From there we decided to bail down to the Palisade Glacier.
I've already climbed Polemonium from the U-Notch and Mt. Sill, so I only missed out on the East descent of Polemonium and the final boulder-hop before ascending Sill.
Props to Peter Doucette for getting me on top. Nice to straddle the Starlight's summit pinnacle a la Norman Clyde.
T Bolt to Starlight to N. Pal with Peter Doucette leading and and getting me on top of of T bolt's pinnacle. Ran out of time for Polemonium
Day hiked the Thuderbolt to Sill Traverse in just over 20 hours, not bad for a party of 6. 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. An unforgettable trip with a great group of climbers.
Looks like I just missed fossana and crew. Didn't see a soul all day. Smoke from a fire made visibility worsen by the time I got to Sill. Lovely to drink water straight from streams off the Palisade Glacier.
Soloed with Jascha.
this was really incredible....climbed with tom grundy...lots of fun...bivied in killa cave overlooking glacier...
With Tom Becht and Glenn Gookin. We did it in one push. Glenn and Tom got in in 24 hours and I was 25 hours. South Lake to Glacier Lodge.