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The snowfield at the head of Keplinger's Couloir in October.  We actually turned around here, 500 vertical feet from the summit, because I was unwilling to take my 9-yr old across this dangerous passage (the hoped for sun never showed up that day to soften the snow).  It's a testy passage even when bone dry.  Skyscraper climbs the wall on the upper right (near the skyline), and the upper left skyline is actually the summit rim of Longs (the Homestretch is just around the corner from the top of the snowfield).
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Bernard Gillett
Jul 28, 2007
The snowfield at the head of Keplinger's Couloir in October. We actually turned around here, 500 vertical feet from the summit, because I was unwilling to take my 9-yr old across this dangerous passage (the hoped for sun never showed up that day to soften the snow). It's a testy passage even when bone dry. Skyscraper climbs the wall on the upper right (near the skyline), and the upper left skyline is actually the summit rim of Longs (the Homestretch is just around the corner from the top of the snowfield).  

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