Elevation 14,162 feet, 4316m
Difficulty rating: Intermediate
Mt. Sill, Swiss Arête:
Mt. Sill is a gem in the Palisades region. It is located next to North Palisade Peak above the Palisade Glacier. It is considered by many Sierra veterans to have the finest view of any peak in this impressive mountain range. The Paiute Indians, who have inhabited the Owens Valley for thousands of years, call this peak Nee-na-mee-shee. Translated this means The Guardian of the Valley.
The Swiss Arête is an enjoyable eight-pitch rock climb. The approach takes us up the left side of the Palisade Glacier to Glacier Notch and the base of the climb. The route begins with some moderate fifth class climbing before reaching the crux sections. The climbing is aesthetically fun and finishes with a low fifth class pitch that leads to the summit.