Album: Starlight Peak
- Outdoor Adventures
- Album Date
- 8/21/2005 12:00:00 AM
- Date Added
- 1/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
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Bishop Pass Trailhead: Brian, Paul, Courtney. Notice Courtney's stylish trekking poles (mine are the ones on the ground)!
Brian, Paul, & Courtney at Thunderbolt Pass. We camped here.
Thunderbolt Pass. Brian, Paul, & Courtney gaze up at our destination.
We entered via this chute and just above the snow fields climbed class 4 rock into the NW chute
Paul and Courtney on the crest at the col between North Palisade and Starlight Peak
North Palisade. Starlight Peak is not the pinnacle in the right of the photo.
Looking back at the notch between Starlight and North Palisade. This shot is looking toward North Palisade.
East side of the Sierra Crest. Though not obvious the "back" side of the milk bottle is just right of center in the photo (it looks more stubby from this perspective).
This move along the side of the crest was a bit awkward and a bit exposed.
The "milk bottle" comes into view behind a crack between two blocks. At this point we left, down a little, and then up a short class 3/4 section to arrive at the summit below the milk bottle.
Last bit of rock (class 3) to be climbed to reach the summit area.
Summit register (at the base of the milk bottle)
Me on the milk bottle. Since Paul set up a top rope I opted to climb the harder edge to the left (5.8?)
Closer shot of the photogenic side of the milk bottle. There were 2 or 3 slings hanging down from the bolt on top along with a sling and cord surrounding the block. These were all joined by two opposing carabiners.
Courtney and Paul below the summit block of Starlight Peak. North Palisade is visible in the background.
Just below the upper class 4 section was a small bivy spot (just left of Paul in the photo).
Looking down Starlight chute and the West Buttress. In the center of the photo is where you pass over into the NW chute.
Looking down at the middle class 4 section which is to the right of a small waterfall
Looking up at North Palisade and Starlight Peak from Thunderbolt Pass. Spires, pinnacles, and buttresses galore. Looks just a bit intimidating!
Looking back at Thunderbolt Pass from the Dusy Basin side. Endless talus.