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From the eastern side of RMNP, drive up the Bear Lake Rd to Glacier Gorge's parking lot, about 1 mile short of its terminus. From here, hike uphill about 0.3 miles. Go left to the 2nd bridge. At this point, you have 3 choices. Efficiency is likely determined by how much snow & which trails have been stomped down. The climber's trails go after the 2nd bridge either at the bottom of the drainage (sometimes the deepest snow, sometimes the best ski) or the along the left side of the drainage, climbing to as much as 100' above its bottom on a summer trail. The longest trail goes along the widest summer trail past Alberta Falls (typically buried in snow, at most WI1) to junction of the trail that splits towards Mill's Lake & Glacier Gorge. The climber's trails join here. Follow the signs towards Loch Vale. For Loch Vale Gorge, hike the trail until you get to a tight switchback, then drop down & left. For climbs Loch Vale & above, continue up the summer trail to Loch Vale & beyond!
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Northwest Face Route - Thatchtop or Northeast Gully? WI3-4 Trad, Ice, 5 pitches Loch Vale & uphill
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The Petit Gully M5+ CO : CO Ice & Mixed : ... : Loch Vale & uphill
The Petit Gully follows the prominent gully to the right of the south face of the Petit Grepon. The route offers a lot of everything with classic gully groveling and steep, sometimes overhanging, drytooling as well. In March and April, there's the potential for some actual ice as well. P1: Start at the lower right side of the south face of the Petit Grepon. Climb and obvious weakness up to an overhanging chockstone. Pull the roof and belay at a fixed anchor. 100 feet, M5.P2: Traverse left,...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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