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Sill and Polemonium peak in Palisades

At the beginning of August 2007 I went to the Palisade range to climb both Sill and Polemonium peak. On Saturday me and my climbing party hiked over to the Mt. Galey camp. The start of the North Fork trail starts at a hiker's parking lot which is about 1 mile from the end of the road. The initial part of the hike goes over a well marked trail. At a river with well trimmed grass we rested and also took a detour to use trail. The use trail is shown on the pictures and is not very hard to find. The use trail leads through large field of boulders which is marked only by few stone markers every 30-50 feet. This trail is very hard to follow in the dark - unless you have a GPS it is very likely you will get lost. I did and so did few other people including the leader on our way back. On Sunday we started early in the morning after a very stormy night. Our progress was slow. We also lost over 2h right at the bottom of Polemonium since we all used a rope for safety. When climbing to the saddle between Sill and Polemonium you will have to cross a narrow ledge which some say is scary but is only class three and is rather wide. However, after this rather easy ledge there is a short, 30ft section of 4th class climbing. You can go the usual route or go to the left - which for me seems less exposed.

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above the glacier
above the glacier
above the lakes
above the lakes
another view of one of the lakes
another view of one of the lakes
another view of palisades glacier in the summer time
another view of palisades glacier in the summer time
another view of the spot where use trail starts
another view of the spot where use trail starts
another view of three lakes
another view of three lakes
at around 13000ft
at around 13000ft
at the saddle
at the saddle
climbing the glacier
climbing the glacier
climbing with protection one pitch to the top of Polemonium
climbing with protection one pitch to the top of Polemonium
enjoying the views
enjoying the views
far above the lake
far above the lake
first snow fields
first snow fields
glacier lake from above
glacier lake from above
great scenery on approch
great scenery on approch
great spot for camping grass is trimmed as on a golf course
great spot for camping grass is trimmed as on a golf course
great views 2
great views 2
great views on the way
great views on the way
hope I do not fall into one of these
hope I do not fall into one of these
lake at the base of the glacier
lake at the base of the glacier
lake from above
lake from above
lake from far above 2
lake from far above 2
lake on the way to Palisades
lake on the way to Palisades
lake on they way to the base camp
lake on they way to the base camp
last lake on the way
last lake on the way
long way down
long way down
on our way up
on our way up
pack animals on the trail
pack animals on the trail
palisades glacier in all its summer glory
palisades glacier in all its summer glory
palisades glacier in the summer
palisades glacier in the summer
palisades view
palisades view
rapelling down from Sill
rapelling down from Sill
river crossing from use trail
river crossing from use trail
series of lakes seen from use trail
series of lakes seen from use trail
sun rays in the lake
sun rays in the lake
taking a long break with Wendy in the middle
taking a long break with Wendy in the middle
the color of the water is just hard to see anywhere else
the color of the water is just hard to see anywhere else
this heavy bulder is just there ready to go into the lake
this heavy bulder is just there ready to go into the lake
this is where the official trail ends
this is where the official trail ends
view from the Polemonium peak notch
view from the Polemonium peak notch
Wendy on the way back from the top
Wendy on the way back from the top
wish to have these
wish to have these
you can see all three lakes in a row
you can see all three lakes in a row
   

Album created on 2007-09-03 and last updated on 2007-09-03