Ascent of North Palisade on 1984-08-23

Climber: Greg Gerlach

Others in Party:Rick Chval and Al Craun----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, August 23, 1984
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:North Palisade
    Elevation:14242 ft / 4340 m

Ascent Trip Report

From South Lake, Rick, Al and I backpacked in over Bishop Pass and then Thunderbolt Pass, camping at a tarn at about 11,900' in elevation. The next day, we climbed the peak via The LeConte Route. We ascended a chute on the peak's southwest face to where the chute widens, traversed left on a ledge system to a second chute, then followed the chute up to two chockstones, which required several class 4 moves to get past. Once past the chockstone, our group continued up the chute to its top, traversed left and then climbed up a third chute into a bowl, then climbed up to the ridge. Once on the ridge, we climbed around big boulders to the summit. On the way down, we set up a belay to down climb the chockstones, the only time that we used the rope. On day three, we backpacked out to South Lake, climbing Mount Agassiz on the way.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:6770 ft / 2062 m
    Extra Gain:1150 ft / 350 m
    Distance:16.4 mi / 26.4 km
    Route:Le Conte Route
    Trailhead:South Lake  9772 ft / 2978 m
    Grade/Class:Class 3-4
    Nights Spent:2 nights away from roads

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