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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PellucidWombat

PellucidWombat - Jan 31, 2011 2:58 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Perfect Image

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 :-)

PellucidWombat

PellucidWombat - Feb 1, 2011 2:10 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Awesome!

Vittles needs to eat more bananas :-)

gimpilator

gimpilator - Feb 1, 2011 12:08 am - Voted 10/10

Dang!

That's amazing! There's so many attributes of this shot that are just perfect.

PellucidWombat

PellucidWombat - Feb 1, 2011 2:11 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Dang!

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.

PellucidWombat

PellucidWombat - Feb 1, 2011 2:06 am - Hasn't voted

Re: So...

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.

GigaMike

GigaMike - Feb 3, 2011 9:00 pm - Voted 10/10

Nice!

Fantastic picture! That is one of my favorite areas in the Sierra.

PellucidWombat

PellucidWombat - Feb 7, 2011 5:52 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Nice!

Thanks! It's fast becoming one of my favorite areas too :-)

Charles

Charles - Feb 7, 2011 10:34 am - Voted 10/10

Nice shot

I like it, well done!
charles

PellucidWombat

PellucidWombat - Feb 7, 2011 6:34 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Nice shot

Thanks! It was nice to discover that backlighting coupled with thin cloud cover comes across real well in B&W photos.

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