Mt. Sill

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.

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

Cost

$675

Dates

TBA, or call SMI

Personal Equipment List

CLOTHING

__ __ LONG UNDERWEAR TOP AND BOTTOM
__ __ EXPEDITION WEIGHT LONG UNDERWEAR TOP OR WOOL SHIRT
__ __ PILE OR THICK WOOL SWEATER
__ __ PILE OR WOOL THICK PANTS
__ __ WATERPROOF/BREATHABLE JACKET
__ __ WATERPROOF/BREATHABLE PANTS OR BIBS
__ __ GAITERS
__ __ WOOL OR PILE CAP
__ __ FACE MASK OR BALACLAVA
__ __ HEAVY INSULATED SHELL GLOVES
__ __ PILE OR WOOL GLOVES
__ __ HEAVY MOUNTAINEERING SOCKS
__ __ LINER SOCKS
__ __ BASEBALL CAP
__ __ T-SHIRT
__ __ HIKING SHORTS

GEAR

__ __ *FULL SIZE PACK- 5000 to 6000 cubic inch capacity
__ __ *SLEEPING BAG WITH STUFF SACK- rated to at least 0 degrees Fahrenheit
__ __ *SLEEPING PAD
__ __ *PLASTIC OR LEATHER CRAMPONABLE MOUNTAINEERING BOOTS
__ __ *CRAMPONS- fitted to your boots
__ __ *ICE AXE- 60 to 70 cm in length
__ __ *CLIMBING HARNESS
__ __ CARABINERS- two large pear shaped screw gate locking, and two non locking
__ __ *MOUNTAINEERING HELMET
__ __ *SKI POLES- with the baskets attached
__ __ HEADLAMP- with a new battery and spare bulb
__ __ DARK GLASSES- with side shields and UV rated
__ __ SKI GOGGLES OR SPARE GLASSES
__ __ TWO WATER BOTTLES- 1 liter wide mouth with a personalized identifying mark
__ __ POCKET KNIFE
__ __ SUNSCREEN- spf 15 minimum
__ __ LIP BALM- spf 15 minimum
__ __ EATING UTENSILS- bowl, insulated cup, spoon
__ __ CAMERA
__ __ IODINE TABLETS
__ __ PERSONAL LUNCH FOOD

*Items with an asterisk are available for rental from SMI.