Posted on July 22nd, 2012 No comments
There are 15 peaks in California above 14,000′ in elevation. 13 of these “14ers” are in the Sierra Nevada. We have many clientele who come to climb these lofty peaks. This group assembled was here to “knock off” a couple of the California 14ers.
On day 1 the team hiked over Bishop Pass (11973′/3649m) then turned south climbing over Thunderbolt Col and down into Palisade Basin where camp was set. An early dinner was followed by final packing and preparations for the climbing in the morning.
On day 2 the team rose early with the intention of climbing Thunderbolt Peak via SW Chute #1 then traversing along the crest of the Palisades to Starlight before descending back to camp. SW Chute #1 consists of 3rd class climbing requiring the use of hands and feet mixed in with easier terrain. Where the notch tops out the route turns south and ascends two short pitches of 4th class rock leading to the final summit block. A rope was put up to allow all team members the opportunity to climb the 5.8 summit block then the team packed up and began traversing towards Starlight.
The traversing is a fun mix of scrambling, down climbing, and rappelling. The climbing is exposed in spots but never rising above low 5th class in difficulty. While a rope is used for protection and safety many people who climb these routes with us have had minimal formal rock climbing training.
After arriving at Starlight the climb involves ascending the “Milk Bottle”, which is a short 5.7 friction face climb. Once again we anchored a rope in place and each team member had the opportunity to ascend this beautiful pinnacle of rock.
With the climbing finished the team descended back to camp and enjoyed a nice dinner before having a well earned sleep! On July 21 the team packed up and headed back to the parking lot arriving mid afternoon.
Congratulations to all for a job well done! A few pictures are below. The rest of the pictures are here:
Posted on September 27th, 2010 No comments
On September 24-26, 2010 Brian Corrigan and Erik Peterson joined Kurt Wedberg for a climb of a couple classic 14ers in the Palisades region of the Sierra. Here in the Sierra we were treated to summer temperatures over 10 degrees above normal for this time of year. On September 24 we hiked over Bishop Pass and camped in Palisade Basin. On day 2 we got a pre dawn start climbing Southwest Chute #1 on Thunderbolt Peak. After reaching the summit we traversed south along the crest of the Palisades towards Starlight Peak. After climbing Starlight we descended back to Palisade Basin for a nice dinner before going to sleep. On day 3 we retraced out steps hiking back over Bishop Pass to the parking lot at South Lake.
Posted on September 1st, 2009 No comments
Benjamin Bauman had been up all of California’s 14ers except a couple in the Palisades. He wanted to finish climbing them all in 2009. We climbed Thunderbolt Peak via Southwest Chute #1 and traversed south across the range and climbed Starlight Peak and North Palisades Peak then descended west via the U Notch back to our camp in Palisade Basin. That left one remaining peak on Ben’s list: Polemonium Peak which was scheduled for October to be climbed via the U Notch Couloir from the east side approached by crossing the Palisade Glacier.
The entire photo gallery from the trip is here: http://kurtwedbergphotography.com/Sierra-Trips/2009-Sierra-Trips/Palisades-Traverse-Aug-30-Sep/9487697_c6B3Y/1/637000473_3VxbU