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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
(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
des Neige des Ecrins), to the right are the Meije and other peaks.