The Palisade Traverse is for those of you who have alpine experience and are ready to take on one of the great Sierra Nevada traverses Thunderbolt Peak to Mt. Sill. Tag five California fourteen-thousand-foot summits and experience an en-route bivy.


You need to be able to follow efficiently at the 5.6 level and have experience on multi-pitch routes. You should be in good physical condition, have prior backpacking experience, and have the ability to traverse broken uneven slopes with an overnight pack. Prior experience at altitudes above 12,000’ is required. Previous experience with travel on snow and talus is highly recommended, including the use of crampons and ice axe. This is the longest and most complex climb we guide. This is a long traverse, with extensive up and down climbing, while carrying an overnight pack. Your gear needs to be lightweight and fine tuned for alpine climbing. If we have not climbed together before we strongly suggest adding a warm up climb of Crystal Crag the day before heading into the Palisade Area. This will allow us to access your level, and will aid in your acclimatization.


Price includes guiding, permits, group climbing gear, tents, kitchen gear, breakfasts, and dinners (you bring lunches, hot/cold drinks, and snack items).

Acclimatization & Physical Training

For proper acclimatization, we suggest spending at least one night at a moderate altitude, higher than 8,000 feet, just prior to the start of the journey. See our detailed tips on acclimatizing an physical training in the “Resources” tab.