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Ascent of Middle Palisade on 2019-10-12

Climber: Emily Cheng

Others in Party:Ayelet Bitton
Date:Saturday, October 12, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Middle Palisade
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:14012 ft / 4270 m

Ascent Trip Report

Squeezed into the moat between the mountain and the bergshrund and went up what may have been Secor's Chute. It unfortunately required a few sketchy class 5 moves (a lieback holding onto two thin vertical spines, then smearing on pretty polished rock, then a little bit of beached whale) that led to a narrow but solid class 3 chute. The chute had a red/white rock band 20-30 ft above us, was marked with 2 cairns, and eventually joined with the main chute. Descended via Red Rocks "alternate" route - piece of cake compared to the ascent. There were patches of snow on route, which was fine going up, but made for a stressful downclimb.

It took Yelly and I bit less than 8 hours from trailhead to summit. The approach was very scenic. Beautiful day, no wind. Only party to successfully summit today, and the summit register hadn't been signed since beginning of September! Back to the trailhead before 8pm, headlamps on.
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Northeast Face route up Middle Palisade (2019-10-12). Photo by Emily Cheng.
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Summary Total Data
    Grade/Class:4-5
    Route Conditions:
Exposed Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Route:Northeast Face
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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