North Palisade/U-Notch Couloir

North Palisade Peak is considered one of the all time classic peaks in the Sierra.

Overview

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

Cost

$780 based on a minimum of 2 climbers

Dates

TBD, Call SMI for custom dates or private guiding rates

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.