North Palisade/U-Notch Couloir

Elevation 14,242 feet, 4341m

Difficulty rating: Intermediate

North Palisade/U-Notch Couloir Details:

Length Price Rating Dates
4 Days $780, based on a minimum of 2 climbers Grade 4 5.6 Rock TBD, Call SMI for Custom Dates

North Palisade Peak is considered one of the all time classic peaks in the Sierra. The U-Notch Couloir is a 900’ 40+ degree snow/ice couloir rising above the Palisade Glacier. We climb roped up and protect the route with snow pickets, ice screws and rock gear. After reaching the top of the U-Notch we remove our crampons and leave them with our ice axe in preparation for either 2 pitches of 5.6 rock climbing, or several short 3rd and 4th class pitches to the summit.