Thunderbolt to Sill Traverse Climber's Log

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Luke Swanson

Luke Swanson - Aug 15, 2017 12:45 pm Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2017

Sill to Thunderbolt  Sucess!

Climbed sill via the swiss arĂȘte and traversed to thunderbolt. Down the underhill couloir.


TheNobleSunfish - Oct 22, 2012 12:30 pm Date Climbed: Oct 22, 2012

2 days, bivy at U-notch  Sucess!

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.


mrchad9 - Sep 24, 2012 1:56 pm Date Climbed: Sep 23, 2012

Fantastic  Sucess!

Really enjoyed every aspect of the traverse with a fun group. Started at Underhill and then from Thunderbolt to Sill.


TeleK - Aug 10, 2012 2:14 pm Date Climbed: Aug 3, 2008

Looong day...  Sucess!

Great day with Stevee.


mtndonkey - Aug 12, 2011 12:10 am Date Climbed: Jul 23, 2011


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.


zoomloco - Jul 16, 2011 5:57 pm Date Climbed: Sep 5, 2010

overhyped  Sucess!

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...


pratyush - Jun 27, 2011 1:47 pm Date Climbed: Jun 26, 2011

TB to North Pal

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!


Cory - Jun 7, 2011 6:05 pm Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2009

Awesome  Sucess!

Skipped my 10 year H.S. reunion to do this route . . . yup it was worth it!


breadbox - Sep 7, 2010 4:12 am Date Climbed: Aug 3, 2008

uh huh  Sucess!

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.


biz - Sep 4, 2010 2:13 pm Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2010

Wow!  Sucess!

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.


SKI - Aug 16, 2010 9:40 am Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2010

Ran out of time

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.


gremlin - Jul 6, 2010 5:43 pm

backwards  Sucess!

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


PellucidWombat - Jun 22, 2010 11:34 am Date Climbed: Jun 20, 2010


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.


soslaw - Sep 21, 2009 3:04 pm Date Climbed: Sep 17, 2009

Traverse  Sucess!

Props to Peter Doucette for getting me on top. Nice to straddle the Starlight's summit pinnacle a la Norman Clyde.


soslaw - Sep 21, 2009 2:57 pm Date Climbed: Sep 17, 2009

Traverse  Sucess!

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


Blackmouth - Aug 10, 2009 8:46 pm Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2009

Unforgettable Trip  Sucess!

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.


mindfloss - Sep 8, 2008 12:05 pm Date Climbed: Sep 4, 2008

Light Is Right!  Sucess!

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.


fossana - Sep 2, 2008 3:22 pm Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2008

palisades reunion  Sucess!

Soloed with Jascha.

ripper333 - Aug 9, 2008 12:47 am Date Climbed: Sep 5, 2004

yeah  Sucess!

this was really incredible....climbed with tom grundy...lots of fun...bivied in killa cave overlooking glacier...

Augie Medina

Augie Medina - Aug 5, 2008 4:33 am Date Climbed: Aug 2, 2008

Great but exhausting Day  Sucess!

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.

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