|Teresa, about to become an alpinist|
Teresa - "Sure, I love that area"
Me - "Its going to involve snow climbing, so you'll need crampons and an ice axe"
Teresa - " Hmmm, well, ok"
Teresa has just signed on to becoming an alpinist. What's alpinist? Here's my definition:
- Technical climbing (5th class) in the mountains, often with massive approaches and/or snow and ice climbing.
Although Teresa is a great rock climber, she has been hesitant to do anything that involves snow and ice. Finally, she agreed.
Our objective - Petit Griffon, a rock spire at 13,000' that sits in beteeen Mt Mills and Mt Abbott. It involves over 1000' of snow climbing, and three pitches of technical rock climbing to the summit.
|Our objective - Petit Griffon -|
|Views of Bear Creek Spire|
|Don't fall in Tese!|
|Not feeling so hot. Altitude sickness is a bummer|
|Now that is a nap|
|nap time selfie|
|On the approach. Mt Dade, Mt Abbot and Petite Griffon in the back ground.|
|Crampons and ice axe.|
|In the shade, at the notch.|
|Looking up at our route|
I headed up first, a 5.6 corner crack system, my fingers were numb from the cold, making the crack seem much harder! Then a belay at a flake, and a weird traversing, down-climbing 4th class pitch.
|At the second belay|
|Somewhere on the climb. Bomber cam anchor to the left|
|Leading up pitch 3. Scary, but so much fun|
|Summit victory! Teresa the alpinist!|
|Original summit register! First or second ascent|
We then rigged another rappel to quickly bypass the steeper bits in the snow couloir.
|rap down that couloir|
|Bye Charlie and friend!|
Amazing climb, in a stellar location. This is why I love living in California, and why I LOVE alpine climbing. I think maybe I hooked Teresa on alpinism, what's next for us?
|Teresa the alpinist.|