Mt. Sill, Swiss Arête

Mt. Sill is a gem in the Palisades region.

Overview

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.

Elevation: 14,162 feet, 4316m
Difficulty rating: Intermediate
Length of Trip: 3 Days
Difficulty Rating: Grade 5.7

Cost

$675

Dates

TBA, or call SMI

Personal Equipment List

CLOTHING

__ __ LIGHT OR MID WEIGHT LONG UNDERWEAR TOP AND BOTTOM
__ __ EXPEDITION WEIGHT LONG UNDERWEAR TOP
__ __ PILE OR WOOL SWEATER
__ __ SYNTHETIC CLIMBING PANTS, OR EITHER WOOL OR PILE PANTS
__ __ NYLON OR GORE-TEX JACKET
__ __ NYLON OR GORE-TEX PANTS OR BIBS
__ __ GAITERS
__ __ WARM CAP
__ __ FACE MASK OR BALACLAVA
__ __ PILE OR WOOL GLOVES
__ __ MOUNTAINEERING SOCKS & LINER SOCKS
__ __ T-SHIRT
__ __ HIKING SHORTS
__ __ BASEBALL CAP

GEAR

__ __ *PACK
__ __ *HIKING BOOTS
__ __ *ROCK CLIMBING SHOES
__ __ *MOUNTAINEERING HELMET
__ __ *CLIMBING HARNESS
__ __ CARABINERS- Two large pear shaped locking, and one straight gate non locking
__ __ BELAY DEVICE
__ __ WEBBING- one 5’ & one 10’ piece of 9/16”, 11/16”, or 1” tubular webbing
__ __ *SKI POLES- optional
__ __ *HEADLAMP WITH A NEW BATTERY AND SPARE BULB
__ __ DARK GLASSES
__ __ WATER BOTTLES- two wide mouth bottles, 1 liter capacity
__ __ POCKET KNIFE
__ __ SUNSCREEN & LIP BALM- spf 15 minimum
__ __ CAMERA AND FILM
__ __ PERSONAL LUNCH FOOD
__ __ SMALL FIRST AID KIT
*Available for rental from SMI