Wish you were here? The peaks of the Palisade Traverse, Sill to Thunderbolt.
Thunderbolt to Sill (IV, 5.9) THE premier alpine climb in the entire Sierra Nevada. Don’t believe it? Ask anyone who has done the traverse(or you could just ask us), and you will find it’s unanimous. Sierra climber Peter Croft says in his excellent guidebook, “This magical mystery tour… has got to be one of the very best and most popular traverses in the United States of America.” This traverse includes five summits exceeding 14,000’ extending from Thunderbolt peak to Mt. Sill. The climb is done "Alpine Style" with bivys on the ridge. Of the climbs we guide in the Sierra this is one of the toughest and most rewarding. The views are breathtaking and the altitude challenging. We offer this climb to folks with previous rock and alpine climbing experience. What a great way to experience the High Sierra from its most dramatic and grandiose locations. Our 4-day trip is tough, requiring good all around skills (rock, ice, snow), and excellent physical condition. This is a true light and fast alpine climb where we carry packs along the ridge, bivy at 14,000’, and climb rock, ice, & snow.