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Middle Palisade 14,040

Postby tomcat_rc » Tue Jun 19, 2007 8:49 pm

Bob, Bill and I decided to do this as an overnight adventure.
Saturday we hiked into Finger Lake - but then decided to push on to the tarn lake above where we made camp for the night


the next morning we were treated to some spectacular alpenglow on Norman Clyde Peak and Middle Palisade. taking just summit pack for the day we headed up to cross a glacier and summit our peak. I had preprinted Rick G's photo with routes hand drawn in and we all agreed that helped tremendously in locating our route with minimal complications. we did the glacier stepoff and angled up between the gendarne and the small pyramid to the left - it worked out well.

the way up is mostly class II making your way up shelves and rocks as you angle for the summit. just below the summit you have to make a class III crux move to hop up on the summit blocks - from there less than 20feet to the summit. all three of us successfully sat on top. I must say the views are incredible and like none I have ever seen before. I think my appetite has just been wetted. it feels like a whole new world opened up - some I may never get to taste.

the trip down was uneventful - we made our way down carefully and safetly. we were treated to some great glisading to get back to camp. after breaking camp we hiked out and were glad to have our cold beer still waiting in the bear box.

a few "oh by the ways"

1) although this can be done as a day hike - I would leave that to the fast hikers. take the time to do overnight and enjoy the area - especially if it is your first time. I estimate that at my slow pace I would need about 15 hours to call a comfortable margin for a dayhike - that minimizes your margin of error.

1) some discussion on going east or west around Finger Lake - although we returned again to the west - the east route looks good if you are following the drainage down the lake. we think we will try it the next time in the area.

1) bring the "deet" - the mosquitos are killer right now. if you value your blood and sanity - heed the advise.


1) this area is truly one of the most beautiful (IMO) of the Sierras - I will be back. I think it is time to resurrect the thead "now that you've done Whitney"

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http://tomcat-rc.smugmug.com/gallery/30 ... #164353255


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Postby ridgeline » Wed Jun 20, 2007 5:25 am

Great job!!! now thats an awesome weekend!
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Postby Snow Nymph » Wed Jun 20, 2007 7:05 am

Congratulations! I love that area! We're doing that trip this summer, so I'll be talking to you about it before we do it. Looks like fun!
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Postby Kerstin » Wed Jun 20, 2007 9:58 am

Very nice!! I'd like to do this peak one day...
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Postby Shawn » Wed Jun 20, 2007 7:40 pm

Wow, that's great TC!

I'd like to get up there myself sometime. I think you make it look easy compared to us average souls though. I've seen middle pal described often as one of the finest class 3 climbs, I wonder if it strikes you that way?

Great pictures too.
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Postby tomcat_rc » Wed Jun 20, 2007 7:54 pm

shawn - I think Russell is a better class III climb - but Middle Pal is better in the stand point of the views - a whole new world has opened up

Dave - you had the opportunity - you should have joined

Snow - I am sure you will make it up too - better have plenty of extra memory in your camera card though

Kerstin - I never realized how much I wanted to get up there until my first close up view - I was hooked
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Postby gcj » Wed Jun 20, 2007 8:19 pm

Great trip! I really enjoyed your photo essay. My climbing partner and I did Middle Pal in 1981. It's still one of my favorite climbs. A truly fun, interesting and spectacular climb. We went up late in the season, though, and had to cross a ten foot bergshrund on a partially collapsed ice bridge. That was the only part that made me somewhat nervous.
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Postby Lightning Dog » Wed Jun 20, 2007 11:56 pm

Wow!!! I'm in awe of your exploits. Hopefully in the next couple of seasons I and my hiking buddies can begin to reach your experience level. Congrats on a great climb and photo essay.
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Postby ridgeline » Thu Jun 21, 2007 5:42 am

Tom I would have never made it, the ligaments in my knee are just now starting to do their job, I will see on Sat/Sun in LLV.
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Postby KathyW » Thu Jun 21, 2007 5:54 am

Congrats Tom! - great report and pics. Someday I'm going to try that one - and not as a day hike.
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Postby madeintahoe » Thu Jun 21, 2007 9:05 am

Congratulations Tom on a beautiful peak! The pictures are beautiful & great safe weather too for your day!
I remember meeting both Bill & Bob from SN Boundary peak adventure...they are very nice!
Thank you for sharing :)
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Postby quentinc » Tue Aug 21, 2007 10:14 pm

My partner and I tried to emulate Tom's great exploit last weekend, but the wind was so outrageous on Sunday that we abandoned all dreams of attempting the summit. We took a short hike along the ridge to the east of Finger Lake instead. The area is quite beautiful, as Tom says. In case anyone needs more pictures of Middle Pal (and believe me, you can never have too many!), here are some.

http://good-times.webshots.com/album/560369712qqBidL?track_pagetag=/page/photo/goodtimes/friendsfun&track_action=/Owner/ViewActions/FullAlbum

(By the way, is the peak I'm guessing to be The Thumb really it? There's another peak directly on the Middle Pal ridge that matches up better with the map, but it doesn't look distinctive enough to be THE thumb.)
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