February 2008

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north toward the summit -- but that rock is not the summit -- and not the skier's route to the summit -- so instead I traverse east

two other skier's tracks traversing further east (and returning the same way). I tried that route a couple of years ago, but then it wasn't working so I gave up and turned around. On my way back that time I saw . . .

looking up the Southeast Couloir on the Grand Galibier.
Ken skinned up the rock, then booted to its top.

West + East summits of Grand Galibier seen from the top of the Southeast Couloir

skiers below the East summit

group of skiers descending on the upper mountain.
(my guess is that they started and finished at le Pont de l'Alpe)

roughly south from near the summit: Below foreground is the lower section of the normal Pic Blanc de Galibier ski route. Middle is the highway over the Col de Lautaret. High background mountains: Far left is Mt Pelvoux, then higher behind is the Barre des Ecrins (joined with the skiable Dome des Neige des Ecrins), to the right are the Meije and other peaks.

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