Mount Sill

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Mount Sill
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Climbers on the snow field below Mount Sill, July 2006.
Highest point
Elevation14,159 ft (4,316 m) NAVD 88[1]
Prominence353 ft (108 m)[1]
Parent peakNorth Palisade[2]
Coordinates37°05′46″N 118°30′13″W / 37.0960543°N 118.5035056°W / 37.0960543; -118.5035056Coordinates: 37°05′46″N 118°30′13″W / 37.0960543°N 118.5035056°W / 37.0960543; -118.5035056[6]
Mount Sill is located in California
Mount Sill
Mount Sill
LocationFresno and Inyo counties, California, U.S.
Parent rangeSierra Nevada
Topo mapUSGS North Palisade
First ascentJuly 24, 1903 by James S. Hutchinson, Joseph N. LeConte, James Moffitt, Robert Pike[7]
Easiest routeGlacier climb & rock scramble

Mount Sill is one of the fourteeners of the Sierra Nevada in California. It is located in the Palisades, a group of prominent rock peaks with a few small glaciers on their flanks. Mount Sill is located 0.6 miles (1 km) east of North Palisade, the high point of the group. The two peaks are connected by a high, rocky ridge, on the north side of which lies the Palisade Glacier. Mount Sill lies on the main Sierra Crest, but is at a point where the crest turns sharply, giving it particularly striking summit views. On one side is Kings Canyon National Park and Fresno County; on the other is the John Muir Wilderness, Inyo National Forest and Inyo County.

Routes on Mount Sill are found on all sides of the peak and range in difficulty from scrambles (class 2-3) to a moderately technical rock climbs (class 5.7).[8]

The mountain is called Nen-i-mish ("the Guardian of the Valley") by the indigenous Northern Paiute people.[6][8] Its English name was coined, in 1904, by Joseph LeConte, a noted mountaineer, in honor of American poet Edward Rowland Sill.[9]

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  1. ^ a b "Mount Sill, California". Retrieved 2009-02-09.
  2. ^ "Key Col for Mount Sill". Retrieved 2016-03-23.
  3. ^ "California 14,000-foot Peaks". Retrieved 2016-03-23.
  4. ^ "Sierra Peaks Section List" (PDF). Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club. Retrieved 2009-02-09.
  5. ^ "Western States Climbers Qualifying Peak List". Retrieved 2016-03-24.
  6. ^ a b "Mount Sill". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-02-09.
  7. ^ Roper, Steve (1976). The Climber's Guide to the High Sierra. San Francisco: Sierra Club Books. p. 349. ISBN 978-0871561473.
  8. ^ a b Secor, R.J. (2009). The High Sierra Peaks, Passes, and Trails (3rd ed.). Seattle: The Mountaineers. ISBN 978-0898869712.
  9. ^ Farquhar, Francis P. (1926). Place Names of the High Sierra. San Francisco: Sierra Club. Retrieved 2009-02-09.
Mt. Sill (left) and Buck Mountain (right), telephoto from Owens Valley

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