North Face Middle Palisade 4th Class
Middle Palisade 14,019 ft.
Eastern Sierra, California
3 days/ 2 nights
Cost: $875.00 per person with 2 Climbers
Cost: $1,275.00 One to One Single Climber
The Middle Palisade, the 12th highest peak in California, is located in the less visited Southeastern portion of the Palisade range. While it makes up the center piece of a high alpine rock ridge, it is separated and alone from the other 14,000ft peaks in the range. It’s broad, and massive North Face make for one of the more fun scrambling routes of the High Sierra and is the perfect next step for someone who has climbed the Mt. Whitney Mountaineers’ Route.
Starting from the Glacier Lodge outside of Big Pine, Ca. The route heads up the South Fork drainage before breaking cross-country to the base of the Middle Palisade. The approach crosses rough broken terrain and some of the most beautiful lakes of the High Sierra.
From our high camp summit day includes some navigation through the moraines and the Middle Palisade Glacier and then onto the classic North Face. The climbing itself is composed of long third and easy fourth class terrain. While physically demanding it does not require more advanced rock climbing skills. This route exposed and engaging finishing on a small summit block deep within the high Sierra Nevada.
More advanced climbers often opt to make a four-day climb of this trip and climb one of the other good technical alpine rock climbs in this area. Ask about routes on Middle Palisades, Norman Clyde’s North-NorthEast Route (5.7), Twilight Pillar 5.8, or the Firebird Ridge 5.9.Departure: Big Pine, California
Duration: 3 days
Group Size: Limited to 2 clients
Guide to client ratio: 1:2
Experience Level: For the Middle Palisade guests should be in excellent physical conditioning. Previous experience with climbing at altitude is helpful.