Camping on an alpine ridge mountaineering
Camping on an alpine ridge mountaineering
Camping on an alpine ridge mountaineering

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Palisades Fourteeners
Sierra Nevada - 5 days

North Palisade (14,248 ft)
Starlight Peak (14,200 ft)
Mount Sill (14,153 ft)
Polemonium Peak (14,080 ft)
Thunderbolt Peak (14,003 ft)

The Palisades of the High Sierra are stacked with fourteen thousand foot peaks. On this intensive 5-day trip we attempt five of the major fourteeners in the Palisades region from the West Side via quicker rock climbing routes while avoiding the tedious ice routes up the East Side. This allows us the possibility of summiting more peaks in a shorter amount of time.

The goal here is peak bagging up easy but technical rock routes. However, this trip is also great training for alpine climbing in general. You will gain valuable alpine rock experience that will translate to alpine routes around the world.

We leave out of the Bishop Pass trail head on the East Side of the Sierra Nevada out of the town of Bishop, CA. After crossing Bishop Pass and entering Kings Canyon National Park, we wrap around to our base camp in the beautiful Palisade Basin. From our basecamp, we begin an intensive 3 days of climbing attempting to summit as many of the fourteeners as possible.

A great trip for those who are ticking off the California Fourteeners and for those who simply want to get in some great climbing High Sierra climbing.

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Location: The Palisades, High Sierra out of Bishop, CA.

Prerequisites: Previous mountaineering and/or some rock climbing experience required. Excellent physical condition.

Dates 2015: Jul 9-13, Sep 17-21



  • Professional guides at a low 1:2 ratio
  • Breakfast & dinner while in the backcountry.
  • Group camping equipment such as tents and cooking equipment.
  • All technical climbing equipment including ice axes and crampons, helmets and harnesses (except footwear)

This trip is condcuted with a temporary special use permit through the Inyo National Forest and special use permit through Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Park.

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