Both Mt Sill and Middle Palisade top out at over fourteen thousand feet. Even though Mount Sill looks fairly close, it would involve quite a bit of work over technical terrain to get there from the summit of North Palisade to Mt Sill. A much easier goal would be to climb Polemonium Peak (not in view here) which is right next door to the east of North Palisade. On you way back down to the U Notch, it would involve a short climb to reach the top of that 14er. David and Joe relaxing on the summit of North Pal. Many peaks in view from this vantage point. This photo is looking south. Compass direction makes a big difference in snow cover. South facing slopes having much less coverage than north facing slopes.
After making this climb, LeConte is quoted as writing in a letter, "I have called the peak merely the North Palisade. Put Dusy's name on some less imposing mass, and give us a name to be handed down through all time." The peak has been called North Palisade since that day, and received official recognition by the U.S. Board on Geographic Names. Author, Dave French, on top of North Palisade in 1980. Getting around at high altitude seemed a lot easier back then. I know the time is coming when I will have to hang up my ice ax, but until then, I sure enjoy having the good health (thank the Lord) to continue to climb. When we signed the summit book back then, the original box was still there and there was only about 50 entries in it at the time going back as early as 1925.
There are many more mountaineers these days, but still the number of people that scale these peaks is dwarfed by the number of hikers and backpackers. Even in the last few years, we see only a handful of folks here and there climbing these peaks in the Palisade Range. Email Sign Up
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