Climbed the South Face Route in July 1983. My first alpine route and first trip to Rocky Mountain National Park for climbing. Gotta get back and do this one again!
Hit the trail around 3 am with Buster on a Friday. At the base in 3 hours. We saw one other party approaching when we were high on the route but never saw them again, so we had the whole rock to ourselves for the day. On the crux pitch we went staight up the 5.9 variation, which wasn't very hard. A fun climb with tons of fixed gear. Back at the car after almost 15 hours. Perfect weather. A great day.
This was my first multi-pitch. I lead a few pitches but gave away the crux pitch. I'll have to go back. The summit is unreal!
It doesn't get much better than this. In fact, after this one, I haven't climbed too much since.
Early climbing years climb, which was nearly over by skills level at the time. Did not lead just seconded everything. Excellent exposure and a grand climb.
Very nice alpine climb with excellent exposure!
Did this climb with Jason Bryce on a Colorado/Wyoming roadtrip.....fun route, great summit. We also climbed the Saber, which was neat too.
Sweet! I can see why this made the top 50 american classics list. Allow more time for repels than the 1 hour mentioned in the guide book.
Jason and I had a blast with this route!! The exposure is awesome on the upper pitches. The Pizza Pan belay has some crazy views down the South and East faces!!Rapping down to the base is the way to go, but can become difficult in windy conditions. This is a must do climb!! Check out our Petit Grepon South Face route! The Cathedral Spires are amazing! Check out my Petit TR here!
Great day for a little free solo action on Petit Grepon. See my trip report for the details.
Hiked up the Gash this morning and free-soloed the Standard Route (5.6, II). This is the route that goes up the back (north) side of Petit Grepon. The climbing was easy, but the exposure was fantastic. It felt great to be alone and ropeless on the top of such a tiny pinnacle 1,000 ft above Sky Pond. After a few minutes on top, thunderstorms began to roll in, so I quickly downclimbed the route.
The last 2/3 of the route goes up the left corner of the rock in the photo below. It looks like the route would be a lot harder than 5.6, but great holds keep the difficulty down. Although, if you don't enjoy mind-blowing exposure, stay home.
Fun, but not at all what I expected. The climbing was not as hard or sustained as I expected, but give it a shot anyway. On a positive note the route is long, clean and fun. The setting is one of the best I've seen.
During the summer of 1996 I worked on the trail crew at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. During that summer, I did a lot of climbing with Kevin Schneider. One of our "significant" climbs was the South Face of Petit Grepon -- a nice climb.