Saturday, February 2, 2013

2010-08-07 Thunderbolt to Sill Traverse in a day

Drove up from LA friday night and had 2 hours of sleep. 3:35AM start from South Lake ending at 11:00PM at Glacier Lodge. Thunderbolt (5.9) (14,003ft) -->Starlight --> (5.4) (14,200ft) __> North Palisade (14248ft) --> Polemonium (14,080) -->Sill (14,153) I finished the CA 14'er list with this traverse!

Base of Southwest chute number 1
Early start at 3:30am

Bypassing a snow field in the chute

The summit block of Thunderbolt Peak

The summit block of Thunderbolt Peak
Tbolt-- Starlight Beta #1 need to downclimb until you reach this
Downclimbing towards the notch between Thunderbolt and Starlight

Starlight Beta #2 follow this low 5th crack after the downclimb
View down the same crack

En route to starlight
Escaping towards starlight
The summit block of Starlight Peak
Maximal Exposure on the way to North Palisade
Miguel on top of North Palisade 
Downclimbing pitch 1 of North Palisade Chimney 
En route to North Palisade 
Approaching the summit block of Starlight Peak 
View to the West from a short rapell swing onto a block to North Palisade 
Downclimbing North Palisade
Rapelling pitch 2 of North Palisade Chimney

Ascending towards Polemonium
On Top of Polemonium
My 14th CA 14 er -- One more to go
catwalking it towards Sill

Approaching the junction of Sill

A little downclimb towards Sill

Summit of Mount Sill
Celebration Fruit Cup
Pretty tired and snowy on the descent
The Storm Rolls in over the Palisades

The palisade glacier descent

Only 5 more hours until we are done No problem

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