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Two Old Duffers on Middle Palisade - Sept. 2006

Sam Valdez and I hadn't climbed anything more challenging than the stairs in a parking garage all year. It was getting close to the end of the climbing season so we packed up our gear and headed out to the High Sierra for a long weekend in September of 2006. Our intention was to climb Middle Palisade which, at 14,040 ft. (4279 m), is the eleventh tallest peak in California.

In retrospect, because of our advancing years, lack of conditioning, and general dufferitude we probably should have made it a five day trip with a rest day!

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An Ice Cylinder
An Ice Cylinder
Middle Palisade and Norman Clyde Peak
Middle Palisade and Norman Clyde Peak
At the Top of the Headwall
At the Top of the Headwall
Truly Clinging to Life
Truly Clinging to Life
Early Light on the East Face
Early Light on the East Face
Ice Formations
Ice Formations
The Whole Route
The Whole Route
Crossing the Top of the Glacier
Crossing the Top of the Glacier
A View up the Ledges
A View up the Ledges
The Crux
The Crux
Top of the Crux
Top of the Crux
The Upper Route
The Upper Route
The View From 4000 Meters
The View From 4000 Meters
Looking up the Route, Close to the Summit
Looking up the Route, Close to the Summit
The View South From the Summit
The View South From the Summit
The View North From the Summit
The View North From the Summit
Bud on the Summit of Mid-Pal
Bud on the Summit of Mid-Pal
The Summit Register
The Summit Register
A View of the Climb Down
A View of the Climb Down
Getting Ready to Pack up and Hike Out
Getting Ready to Pack up and Hike Out
A Last Look
A Last Look
The Route
The Route