North Palisade/U-Notch Couloir

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.

Elevation: 14,242 feet, 4341m
Difficulty rating: Intermediate
Length of Trip: 4 Days
Difficulty Rating: Grade 4 Snow/Ice 5.6 Rock


$780 based on a minimum of 2 climbers


TBD, Call SMI for custom dates or private guiding rates


236 N. Main St., Bishop, CA 93514 USA

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