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Slideshow (15 photos)

RMNP, Loch Vale (map)
 

Jim and Lucie hanging out at Sky Pond

 

South Face of the Petit Grepon: Scoping out the 8th pitch just above the Pizza Pan Belay

South Face of the Petit Grepon: Climbing the 8th pitch, which is actually on the east side of the pinnacle

 

The beautiful valley leading to the Petit Grepon

 

Lucie and Jim posed in front of Sky Pond; our bivy was just off the right edge of the photo on the far end of the pond

South Face of the Petit Grepon: Nikos at the Pizza Pan Belay

 

South Face of the Petit Grepon: Nikos arriving at the first belay; the Petit Grepon gets sun very early in the morning, much earlier than Sky Pond

 

South Face of the Petit Grepon: Nikos somewhere on the lower face

 

South Face of the Petit Grepon: Jim leading the crux pitch, looking down at Nikos at the belay ledge

South Face of the Petit Grepon: Nikos leading the final pitch to the table-sized summit of the Petit Grepon

 

South Face of the Petit Grepon: Nikos fiddling with stuff on the summit

 

South Face of the Petit Grepon: Nikos triumphant on the summit

 

South Face of the Petit Grepon: A very exposed rappel from the summit leads into the notch

Cathedral Spires at dusk; the Petit Grepon is the thin needle-like summit above the large triangular face

 

Bivying at Sky Pond (Copyright Lucie Wellner)