From Sam Mack Meadow climb the lefthand gully at the back of the meadow, bear right under the Palisade Glacier moraine, through another shallow gully just to its right (Thunderbolt Peak framed in the notch) and so gradually gain the crest of the moraine. Follow it until it peters out (wonderful views of North Pal) then work across the Glacier towards Glacier Notch - climb the Glacier Notch couloir (loose in low snow). About 1.5 hours from Sam Mack Meadow.
Hike across (north east) to the base of the South West Ridge and scramble up it via ledges to the right of the crest. Enjoy the summit view.
Retrace your steps back to camp.
Class 3 solo. Ice-axe and crampons.
Marc Burns nears the summit - Thunderbolt Peak dom...
BETA PHOTO: Route up Gayley as seen from Glacier Notch
Melody Wong with North Palisade in the background.
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