September, '02



The South Face of the Petit Grepon with Lisa.




    Toward the end of the summer, Lisa and I decided we needed at least one more alpine climbing day. Fortunately, our schedules worked out and we were able to bag the South Face 5.8  of the Petit Grepon. The day passed smoothly (except for our stuck rappel ropes) and we had a great time.

    Here are some of the pictures from that day.


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Lisa at the base of our route. Sky Pond is visible below.

In our typical style, we only looked for the "correct" start for about 2 minutes before deciding that this chimney looked fun. :)

Fun stemming on the second pitch.

Lisa worms her way up into a wide crack on the second pitch.

Lisa leaving the belay on the third pitch.

Lisa works her way up into the third pitch.

Looking up at the crux.

Lisa, styling through the 5.8 crux on the fourth pitch.

Arriving at the belay at the top of the fourth pitch.

An airy belay perch half way up the Petit.

Lunch break. Lake of Glass is visible below and Thachtop Mountain's north shoulder dominates the background.

Lisa taking a breather before that last two pitches.

Looking up at the last two pitches on the east side of the summit blade.

Lisa on the crux move of the fifth pitch. This pitch is more exposed than this picture depicts.

Lisa arriving at the belay below the sixth and final pitch. (Which she will be leading!)

A shot of me relaxing at the belay while Lisa fights her way up the last pitch.

A composite picture of me at the base of the summit spike of the Petit. I would say that the Petit and Ancient Art are a draw for the most amazing summit I have visited.

Near the end of the day. Our descent took us through the saddle in the background.

Lisa, all smiles after the climb. :)
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