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Destination
The Palisades
Dates
03/17/2013 to 03/23/2013
Leader
Dennis Zihao Song
Co-leaders

Trip Fee
gas
Required Gear
helmet, harness, bail-biner, beley/rappel device, rope, nuts and cams, cordelette, slings and webbing, ice axes, crampons, cold weather gear, food, headlight
Signup Dates
03/05/2013 to 03/08/2013
Maximum Participants
6 (including leader/co-leaders)

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The Full Palisade Traverse is one of the most challenging and spectacular climbs in lower 48 states. Averaging nearly 14,000 feet, spire-after-spire, it's 8.5 miles long with 20 peaks above 13,000 feet, 6 peaks above 14,000 feet and some allegedly 70,000 feet of climbing, mostly on class V rock and ice. The temperature would be around 0 fahrenheit plus windchill that could be another 20 fahrenheit lower. The weather could be localized due to the heights, and thus unpredictable. There are less than ten recorded successes, all of them in the summer when you carry less weight and the weather is much more hospitable. So basically, what I'm proposing has never been done before. However, I'm not driven by desire. My goal is not to accomplish something, but to see how harsh reality can be and whether I'm strong enough to handle it.

Before you decide, ask yourself the question, "am I able to do this?" When you are clinging to the wall, your feet are shaking from the cold, and you are feeling as if breathing through a coffee straw, is no time to ask yourself that question.

I have a big old truck that seats 6 including the driver. If you are planning on a trip into the transcendently beautiful John Muir Wilderness, I can help and we might hike in and out together. I highly recommend JMW if you appreciate the ways of nature. It's also a favor for me, since if we didn't make it out in time, someone can go out and ask for help. I estimate the climb to take 4 to 7 days depending on my partner(s) and weather.

Registered Participants

1. Dennis Zihao Song Pomona Confirmed
2. Tianyou Gu Pomona Not confirmed

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