March 20, 2020 North Palisade: The U-Notch Video

North Palisade: The U-Notch

This is a May 31, 2010 climb and ski of North Palisade’s U-Notch couloir. Originally I had intended to do an extended video of the whole trip (more...)...

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June 1, 2010 U-Notch Ice Dancing Video

U-Notch Ice Dancing

Here’s what I was thinking: I was nine hours deep on a ski attempt of North Palisade’s U-Notch Couloir, and all was going well until the easy snow I was climbing abruptly transitioned to ice thirty vertical feet or so below the top of the couloir. The ice was steep—probably 45° to 50°—and it definitely (more...)...

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July 7, 2008 Climbing

North Palisade: the U-Notch Couloir

What an absolutely amazing adventure this was! North Palisade offers the gamut of high alpine mountaineering challenges, from glacier travel to ice climbing to technical rock, making it not only one of the most challenging Sierra fourteeners, but also one of the most rewarding. I had wanted to climb this route for some time, but (more...)...

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