Ascent of Middle Palisade on 2002-05-26

Climber: Greg Gerlach

Others in Party:CMC group
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, May 26, 2002
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Middle Palisade
    Elevation:14012 ft / 4270 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was a California Mountaineering Club trip led by Jack Cronk. On day one, we backpacked to Finger Lake. On day two, we climbed the peak via its class 3 Northeast Face Route. From the lake, we used ice ax and crampons to ascend up to the bergschrund of the Middle Palisade Glacier. Four people in the group descended the bergschrund and climbed up a couloir with several class 4 moves while three of us, myself included, climbed up steep snow on the left side of the buttress, then traversed right to the main couloir where we meet up with the rest of the group. Next, we followed a series of couloirs to the ridge just below the summit, where I and several other climbers took a belay to get to the summit. Afterwards, the entire group descended back to camp following the group of three's ascent route to bypass the lower part of the couloir and the bergschrund. On day three, we backpacked out to the vehicles.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:6620 ft / 2015 m
    Elevation Loss:6620 ft / 2015 m
    Distance:17 mi / 27.4 km
    Grade/Class:Class 3
    Route Conditions:
Rock Climb, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope
    Nights Spent:2 nights away from roads
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:6420 ft / 1955 m
    Extra Loss:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:8.5 mi / 13.7 km
    Route:Finger Lake/northeast face
    Trailhead:Big Pine Creek trailhead  7792 ft / 2375 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:6420 ft / 1955 m
    Extra Gain:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:8.5 mi / 13.7 km
    Route:Northeast face/Finger Lake
    Trailhead:Big Pine Creek trailhead  7792 ft / 2375 m

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