Palisade Traverse Gets First Winter Ascent

Guides climb it over five days

Adam Roy

Climbing guides Ian McEleney and Jed Porter have made the first winter ascent of the Palisade Traverse, an eight-mile ridge route that is likely the longest technical climb in the contiguous United States. Porter and McEleney took five days to complete the route, which crosses six 14ers in California’s Sierra Nevada, without using any pre-cached gear or food, finishing on March 2. In a blog post on Monday, Porter said that while he had come down from the climb “wrecked,” four full days of rest followed by six of light activity had left him ready for more adventure. “Initially, true rest was crucial,” he wrote. “However, couch time had its limits.”

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