From Powell's North Face

Petit Grepon between Sharkstooth (left) and Sabre (right), seen from the base of Powell Peak's North Face Snowfields. Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. April 2007.


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Foxy Long Bottoms

Foxy Long Bottoms - Apr 30, 2007 12:07 pm - Voted 10/10


The Petit looks dry enough and doable now! Thanks for posting! How were the conditions on the Icefields? Was it snow or was there some WI2/3? Thanks.


brenta - Apr 30, 2007 12:39 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Conditions

Yes, the Petit looks dry, and should be even drier after Sunday's high temps. We found no ice on Powell. In fact, the snow was quite soft. The cornices were quite large across most of the rim from Powell to Taylor. We saw snow sluff from a rock rib to the side of the snowfield and hit the rightmost couloir causing a sizable wet slide. This was around 10 am, when we were at the point where we had to choose an exit. We took the leftmost couloir, which was only then being hit by the sun. We didn't carry snowshoes and suffered a bit between Andrews Glacier and the Loch, but not enough to regret our choice.

Foxy Long Bottoms

Foxy Long Bottoms - Apr 30, 2007 12:49 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: Conditions

Good to know. Thank you!


stevepack - May 1, 2007 11:13 am - Voted 10/10


Impressive! One of the best shots I've seen. Wow!


brenta - May 1, 2007 2:49 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Impressive

Thanks! I'm glad you liked it. The north face of Powell is arguably the best place to view the Petit.


bolojm - May 8, 2007 6:20 pm - Voted 10/10


This is an awesome shot, one of the best I have ever seen of the Petit. I have climbed it three times, and can see the South Face Route clearly...all of the "money" spots look good to go! A little snow in the 5.5 chimney, and on the 1st and 2nd terraces are no big deal. Classic. And congrats on your Powell summit!


brenta - May 9, 2007 2:20 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Awesome

Thanks! It looks like an awesome climb. I hope to do it this summer.

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