Pictures of North Palisade

(Copyright © 2012 Piero Scaruffi)
If you would like the original, high-resolution pictures, contact me

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Highlights


From start to end

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Part 1: from the South Lake trailhead to Bishop Pass
Part 2: from Bishop Pass to the Palisades
Part 3: Climbing North Palisade is below, but also check From Thunderbolt Pass to the U-Notch

Orientation


The route from South Lake to North Palisade

The route from Agassiz to Thunderbolt Pass

Winchell along the way

Winchell and Thunderbolt


Dusy Basin from Thunderbold Pass

North Palisade from Thunderbolt Pass

Thunderbolt Peak and North Palisade from Thunderbolt Pass


North Palisade from the Barrett Lakes

Entrance to the chute if you are coming from Thunderbolt Pass

Entrance to the chute

Entrance to the chute


The first and the second chute of the North Palisade

These granite slabs mark the U-notch chute

The shortcut to enter the chute


The chutes of the North Palisade


Barrett lakes

Knapsack Pass

Knapsack Pass

Entrance to the chute

Part 3: North Palisade


The second chute of the North Palisade with the "church" towering in it

Into the second chute of the North Palisade, facing the "church"

Into the second chute of the North Palisade, facing the "church"

Looking down


Heading for the "church"

Before the granite slabs

At the granite slabs

The granite slopes


The granite slopes

Barrett Lakes

Bear right from the granite slabs

The summit


The granite slabs

Bear right from the granite slabs

Up the ridge

Up the ridge


Ascending above the granite slopes

Up the ridge

Up the ridge

Up the ridge


End of the ridge (turn left up)

End of the ridge (turn left up)

The ridge from above

The place where you climb back into the chute


The summit from above the granite slabs

Rocky wall coming down from North Pal

The route


Panorama from the U-notch chute


Looking down at the chute from the ridge

Cairns to mark the place where you can descend into the chute again

Up the ridge


The steps to the ledges (click for details)

Towards the steps/ledges

Towards the steps/ledges

Look to the left for the beginning of the steps (click on image to see details)


The lakes down below

The beginning of the steps

Beginning of the steps/ledges

Beginning of the steps


Hard to miss cairn at the beginning of the traverse

The easy part of the traverse

Keep following the cairns

Keep following the cairns


The beginning of the steps (turn left where the chute narrows)

The steps

The ledges

The ledges


The steps from above

Dramatic exposure

On the ledges

On the ledges


On the ledges

The ledges

End of the ledges

Looking back at the last stretch of the ledges


End of the ledges and beginning of the main chute

Up the main chute

The chockstone

The first chockst


Dusy Basin

Subpeaks

The bowl

The bowl and the summit


The main chute and the end of the ledges

The left side of the bowl

The right side of the bowl

View down below


The bowl

The bowl

The bowl


Mid Palisade

Mt Gayley (left) and Mt Sill (right)

The bowl and the summit

Up towards the summit


Up towards the summit

Up towards the summit

Up towards the summit


Up towards the summit

Up towards the summit

Up towards the summit


Up towards the summit

Up towards the summit

Up towards the summit

Up towards the summit


Up towards the summit

Up towards the summit

The white stones (virtually invisible for below)

The final ledges (at the end of these ledges, turn left, go down, look for the crack to your right, go through the crack)


The summit boulders

USGS marker

View of the seven-lake basin


Subpeaks

The real summit: alas, vertical wall on most sides - the overhanging rock to the right is a marker for the "easiest" route (right on top of the brief tunnel)

Mt Sill


Panorama of Barrett Lakes and Dusy Basin separated by Thunderbolt Pass


Subpeaks between North Palisade and Mt Sill

From the top


From the top

Seven lakes basin


Panorama north


Mt Sill

View east

View east (Scimitar Pass)


View east (Owens Valley)

Glacier Notch with almost no ice

The white route: the way to the top, but visible only if you are all the way to the right


The white route

The summit block from the right side of the bowl


View north from the seven lakes to Mt Sill


View east of Palisade Crest


View south


Evolution Region


The main chute from the top

Lake below Scimitar Pass

Dusy Basin

Barrett Lakes


Sub-peak Starlight Peak

Sub-peaks

Sub-peaks

Sub-peaks


Fall colors

Fall colors

Fall colors

Fall colors


Fall colors

Fall colors

Fall colors

Video from the top | Video of the ledges

| From the bowl to the top

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(Copyright © 2012 Piero Scaruffi)
If you would like the original, high-resolution pictures, contact me