Album: Lone Pine Peak (2x) - SE Slope


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Outdoor Adventures
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Album Date
4/23/2005 12:00:00 AM
Date Added
1/1/2013 12:00:00 AM

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4/22/2005 5:32:07 PM
The view as I arrived at our designated parking area on the North side of Tuttle Creek. It looked a lot like this the last time I attempted the SE slope. Was this destined to be a repeat of the conditions that scuttled my last attempt? 
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4/22/2005 5:32:13 PM
 
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4/22/2005 5:32:15 PM
 
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4/22/2005 5:32:19 PM
 
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4/22/2005 5:32:29 PM
 
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4/22/2005 6:19:21 PM
Here's the turn where we parked. Beyond this point the road becomes a 4wd road requiring good clearance. I could have pushed on further with the 4runner but figured it wasn't worth the extra scratches to my finish (due to the brush). 
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4/22/2005 6:25:22 PM
 
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4/22/2005 6:32:56 PM
I hadn't really paid close enough attention to the time and realized it was starting to get dark. 
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4/22/2005 7:00:19 PM
 
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4/22/2005 7:45:17 PM
Now dark, I scount around for a spot to bivy. Kent Aschcraft and his group are somewhere nearby but I'll have to try to catch up with them in the morning. 
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4/23/2005 6:09:07 AM
Compared to Kent's group (who carved out spots for their bivies in the snow), my accommodations were probably on the luxurious side. While I didn't get much sleep due to the wind, I was quite comfortable under a nice big pine tree. 
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4/23/2005 6:55:31 AM
Looking back down the main gully. I dropped over into this gully just North of the prominent rocky outcropping in the center of the photo. 
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4/23/2005 6:55:40 AM
 
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4/23/2005 6:55:44 AM
The Stonehouse Buttress (as seen from the North) 
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4/23/2005 6:58:26 AM
As expected, less snow coverage than there was in February and more brush to deal with. Ugh. 
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4/23/2005 6:58:43 AM
I bivied under the large pine tree in the center of the photo. 
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4/23/2005 7:13:05 AM
 
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4/23/2005 7:17:31 AM
 
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4/23/2005 7:34:49 AM
Oh great, lots of Manzanita. 
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4/23/2005 7:34:56 AM
 
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4/23/2005 7:35:08 AM
 
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4/23/2005 7:36:02 AM
 
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4/23/2005 7:57:31 AM
Finally, after seemingly endless sand and brush I have reached the snow! From now on sand and brush are no longer an issue. 
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4/23/2005 8:02:56 AM
Past a large rock I spotted footprints in the snow. I am encouraged to push on in an attempt to catch Kent Ashcraft and his group of young climbers.  
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4/23/2005 8:03:03 AM
Up the gully, and then a turn to the left. 
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4/23/2005 8:07:32 AM
 
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4/23/2005 8:07:39 AM
The gully makes a turn to the left - I keep going up. 
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4/23/2005 8:12:17 AM
 
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4/23/2005 8:12:21 AM
 
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4/23/2005 8:14:50 AM
 
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4/23/2005 8:23:44 AM
Just before the gully tops out I catch up with Kent's group. 
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4/23/2005 8:28:55 AM
Young and strong climbers. 
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4/23/2005 8:29:03 AM
Looking down the gully from near the top. 
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4/23/2005 8:45:09 AM
 
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4/23/2005 8:45:18 AM
 
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4/23/2005 8:45:24 AM
A nice view of Mount Langley 
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4/23/2005 8:45:49 AM
Jeff, Evan, Kent, Matthew, Brent 
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4/23/2005 8:54:56 AM
Kent and Brent Ashcraft 
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4/23/2005 8:55:05 AM
An interesting layered rock formation. 
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4/23/2005 8:58:53 AM
 
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4/23/2005 8:59:08 AM
Brent and Kent 
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4/23/2005 9:01:23 AM
This is the lightly forested transition zone between the top of the SE gully and the upper plateau. 
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4/23/2005 9:01:26 AM
 
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4/23/2005 9:01:33 AM
Uh oh, are these rising clouds going to put us into a whiteout -- fortunately the wind blew them away. 
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4/23/2005 9:01:40 AM
 
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4/23/2005 9:01:57 AM
Mount Langley 
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4/23/2005 9:02:07 AM
 
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4/23/2005 9:03:22 AM
 
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4/23/2005 9:11:39 AM
Matthew catches his breath. This is a tough workout. 
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4/23/2005 9:11:43 AM
 
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4/23/2005 9:14:53 AM
 
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4/23/2005 9:15:00 AM
 
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4/23/2005 9:16:47 AM
 
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4/23/2005 9:24:01 AM
 
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4/23/2005 9:24:08 AM
 
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4/23/2005 9:25:27 AM
 
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4/23/2005 9:25:34 AM
 
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4/23/2005 9:28:45 AM
Mathew 
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4/23/2005 9:38:18 AM
Matthew and I take a break and wait for the others to catch up. 
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4/23/2005 9:38:25 AM
Jeff and Kent 
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4/23/2005 9:45:35 AM
 
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4/23/2005 9:45:43 AM
 
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4/23/2005 9:46:05 AM
 
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4/23/2005 10:00:27 AM
 
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4/23/2005 10:00:31 AM
 
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4/23/2005 10:00:35 AM
Jeff and Brent 
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4/23/2005 10:05:55 AM
Evan, Jeff, Brent, Kent. The rocky outcropping in the center of the photo marks our entry onto the large upper sloping plateau. 
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4/23/2005 10:15:38 AM
 
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4/23/2005 10:15:41 AM
 
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4/23/2005 10:15:43 AM
Looking down the larger upper plateau 
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4/23/2005 10:15:52 AM
 
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4/23/2005 10:15:58 AM
 
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4/23/2005 10:16:06 AM
 
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4/23/2005 10:19:34 AM
Wind carved snow 
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4/23/2005 10:22:11 AM
 
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4/23/2005 10:22:18 AM
Jeff 
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4/23/2005 10:28:33 AM
This large snow filled gully was visible to the NE of the upper plateau. I believe it is the gully just south of the NE ridge. It connects up with the plateau and definitely caught my interest. 
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4/23/2005 10:29:03 AM
 
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4/23/2005 10:29:09 AM
 
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4/23/2005 10:29:11 AM
 
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4/23/2005 10:29:16 AM
Lone Pine Peak's NE Ridge and the NE gully 
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4/23/2005 10:29:27 AM
Looking down at the lower portion of the NE gully 
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4/23/2005 10:29:48 AM
 
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4/23/2005 10:32:46 AM
 
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4/23/2005 10:32:56 AM
 
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4/23/2005 10:33:01 AM
Kent 
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4/23/2005 10:33:05 AM
 
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4/23/2005 10:54:46 AM
 
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4/23/2005 10:54:49 AM
Jeff shows what he's made of. 
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4/23/2005 10:55:59 AM
Mount Langley (rear) 
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4/23/2005 10:56:02 AM
 
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We proceed around these rock outcroppings to the left (south) and then head due North to the summit. 
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4/23/2005 10:56:32 AM
Mathew likes the steeper terrain near the rocks. 
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4/23/2005 11:08:51 AM
 
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4/23/2005 11:09:02 AM
 
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4/23/2005 11:09:19 AM
 
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4/23/2005 11:09:22 AM
 
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4/23/2005 11:09:29 AM
Jeff 
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4/23/2005 11:18:01 AM
 
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4/23/2005 11:18:09 AM
 
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4/23/2005 11:18:21 AM
 
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4/23/2005 11:18:29 AM
 
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4/23/2005 11:27:18 AM
 
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4/23/2005 11:27:21 AM
 
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4/23/2005 11:27:34 AM
 
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4/23/2005 11:27:48 AM
Mount Langley (rear) 
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4/23/2005 11:27:51 AM
 
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4/23/2005 11:27:59 AM
 
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4/23/2005 11:37:32 AM
 
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Our group of six makes it's final push to the summit. 
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4/23/2005 11:37:56 AM
 
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4/23/2005 11:58:05 AM
Summit of Lone Pine Peak now in view. 
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4/23/2005 11:58:10 AM
 
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4/23/2005 11:58:31 AM
Summit of Lone Pine Peak 
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4/23/2005 11:58:36 AM
 
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4/23/2005 11:58:39 AM
 
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4/23/2005 11:58:47 AM
 
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4/23/2005 11:58:51 AM
 
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4/23/2005 11:59:02 AM
Looking down at Meysan Lake -- frozen and covered in snow 
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4/23/2005 11:59:09 AM
 
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4/23/2005 12:02:58 PM
 
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4/23/2005 12:03:02 PM
 
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4/23/2005 12:03:18 PM
 
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4/23/2005 12:07:23 PM
Jeff and Matthew on the summit. 
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4/23/2005 12:07:52 PM
Looking down at Lone Pine Peak's North Ridge. 
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4/23/2005 12:08:11 PM
 
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4/23/2005 12:08:22 PM
Closer shot of the North Ridge 
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4/23/2005 12:08:24 PM
 
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4/23/2005 12:08:31 PM
The Whitney Portal Road 
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4/23/2005 12:08:41 PM
 
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4/23/2005 12:08:45 PM
Mount Whitney (as seen from Lone Pine Peak) 
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4/23/2005 12:08:47 PM
 
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4/23/2005 12:09:21 PM
 
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4/23/2005 12:22:28 PM
Kent Ashcraft on the summit of Lone Pine Peak 
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4/23/2005 12:23:24 PM
 
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4/23/2005 12:24:00 PM
 
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4/23/2005 12:24:11 PM
Kent and Jeff 
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4/23/2005 12:24:20 PM
 
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4/23/2005 12:51:14 PM
Kent, Evan, Mathew, and Jeff on the summit 
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4/23/2005 12:52:44 PM
 
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4/23/2005 12:55:00 PM
Catching a few moments of rest on the summit 
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4/23/2005 12:55:59 PM
 
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4/23/2005 12:56:02 PM
 
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4/23/2005 12:56:22 PM
 
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4/23/2005 12:57:12 PM
 
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4/23/2005 12:57:27 PM
 
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4/23/2005 12:57:35 PM
Summit of Lone Pine Peak 
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4/23/2005 1:06:06 PM
Brent makes his way to the summit 
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4/23/2005 1:06:20 PM
 
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4/23/2005 1:07:37 PM
Evan and Brent. In sight of the summit, Brent finds a surge of energy and powers on up. All six of our group successfully summit. 
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4/23/2005 1:30:51 PM
Heading back down the plateau. 
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4/23/2005 1:30:56 PM
 
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4/23/2005 1:36:39 PM
 
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4/23/2005 2:08:07 PM
Snow in the gully has softened. At first I head down plunge stepping with crampons, but then opt to remove them for glissading. We have to be careful not to glissade over a small rock band on the way down. 
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4/23/2005 2:09:27 PM
 
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4/23/2005 2:31:01 PM
At 2:30pm we arrive at the spot where Kent's group bivied. 
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4/23/2005 2:31:05 PM
 
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4/23/2005 2:40:19 PM
 
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4/23/2005 2:48:18 PM
 
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On the way down I stop off at the large pine tree where I stowed my bivy gear. 
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4/23/2005 2:51:21 PM
 
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4/23/2005 3:06:08 PM
 
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4/23/2005 3:08:49 PM
The lower part of the SE gully had good running water. 
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4/23/2005 3:12:13 PM
 
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4/23/2005 3:16:51 PM
 
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4/23/2005 3:16:58 PM
The "Stone House". 
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4/23/2005 3:17:01 PM
 
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4/23/2005 3:18:42 PM
 
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4/23/2005 3:21:16 PM
 
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4/23/2005 3:39:30 PM
 
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4/23/2005 3:47:15 PM
Our vehicles are a welcome sight. A good meal is not far away now! 
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4/23/2005 3:51:17 PM
Down at last