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Palisades in the shade - August 2005

Santosh and Bud had a little bit of unfinished business in the Palisade basin. So we put together a trip for late August 2005. Sam, against his better judgment, opted to go along with us to get away from his busy work schedule for a week or so. Sandy and Cynthia, having much more sense, offered to join us for just the first couple of miles.

We started out as a single party of five on Friday afternoon. We set out from the South Lake trailhead about 15 miles West of Bishop California; hiked in to the picturesque, though mosquito infested, Long Lake and set up camp. It's only about three miles from the trailhead, but we were just looking for a quiet, pretty place to start the trip, we weren't looking for any serious hiking. The next morning we split up into XX and XY groups. The XX group stayed on to enjoy Long Lake, and hiked out on Saturday afternoon to warm showers, sushi, and comfortable beds. The XY group headed over Bishop pass and, eventually, Thunderbolt pass for a week of climbing and relaxation in Palisade Basin. We were intending to climb:

The forth, fifth, ninth, and fifteenth tallest peaks in California respectively.

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Trailhead
Trailhead
Palisades
Palisades
The Man
The Man
The girls on the kitchen rock
The girls on the kitchen rock
Too much affection
Too much affection
Sandy and Cynthia
Sandy and Cynthia
Group photo at Long Lake
Group photo at Long Lake
Spearhead Lake
Spearhead Lake
Bishop Pass
Bishop Pass
Thunderbolt Pass
Thunderbolt Pass
Atop the pass
Atop the pass
Finally at camp in the basin
Finally at camp in the basin
Explorer
Explorer
Snowfield in the southwest chute
Snowfield in the southwest chute
Looking down from the upper chute
Looking down from the upper chute
Approaching the top of the chute
Approaching the top of the chute
The class 4 section
The class 4 section
At the base of the summit block
At the base of the summit block
Jugging up the summit block
Jugging up the summit block
Half way...
Half way...
Safe at the top
Safe at the top
Bud's first summit photo
Bud's first summit photo
Starting out
Starting out
Friction
Friction
Sam on the summit
Sam on the summit
Santosh's turn
Santosh's turn
The first step
The first step
Stick
Stick
Friction
Friction
Santosh on the summit
Santosh on the summit
Bud has to free climb it too
Bud has to free climb it too
The view from the summit
The view from the summit
Bud on the summit
Bud on the summit
A look down
A look down
The front of the block
The front of the block
Below the snowfield
Below the snowfield
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