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Approaching the Petit Griffon
January 29th, 2011 - A great winter climb of the Petit Griffon in the High Sierra. AlpineAffinity is chopping out a belay ledge in the snow crest at the top while Vitaliy M is nearing the steepest part of the couloir.

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PellucidWombatRe: Perfect Image

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Thanks! I can't believe how beautiful that area is in winter. Now I have to go back and spend the night there with my camera at a high camp :-)
Posted Jan 31, 2011 2:58 pm

PellucidWombatRe: Awesome!

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Vittles needs to eat more bananas :-)
Posted Feb 1, 2011 2:10 am

gimpilatorDang!

gimpilator

Voted 10/10

That's amazing! There's so many attributes of this shot that are just perfect.
Posted Feb 1, 2011 12:08 am

PellucidWombatRe: Dang!

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Thanks! I kept feeling the same way over and over again with the views we had that day. Apart from the chilling windstorm at the end, the weather and scenery were superb.
Posted Feb 1, 2011 2:11 am

PellucidWombatRe: So...

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Standard route, although the 5.9 corner looks like a fun summer climb. Thanks for the beta! Also, thanks to Alois for his beta too.

We made it to the ledge on the West side just about 30' or so below the top - right where you traverse around to the South to climb up the easier side from between the two high points. The cold front was blasting the Petit pretty good then, so we decided to call it safe and bailed :-(

1 70m rope was good for rapping from that spot, but from the summit you'd need 2 ropes, 2 raps, or a little bit of down climbing to reach the notch. The first pitch was fun in crampons!

Weather forced us to day climb it, but we still intend to go back for a multi-day romp in the area if the weather and snowpack allow it. Maybe February will be kinder to us.
Posted Feb 1, 2011 2:06 am

GigaMikeNice!

GigaMike

Voted 10/10

Fantastic picture! That is one of my favorite areas in the Sierra.
Posted Feb 3, 2011 9:00 pm

PellucidWombatRe: Nice!

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Thanks! It's fast becoming one of my favorite areas too :-)
Posted Feb 7, 2011 5:52 pm

CharlesNice shot

Charles

Voted 10/10

I like it, well done!
charles
Posted Feb 7, 2011 10:34 am

PellucidWombatRe: Nice shot

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Thanks! It was nice to discover that backlighting coupled with thin cloud cover comes across real well in B&W photos.
Posted Feb 7, 2011 6:34 pm

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PellucidWombatSubmitted by PellucidWombat
on Jan 31, 2011 6:16 am

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