Notchtop

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A lone elk was grazing in the gully below Notchtop
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Elk sillouette in Lake Helene
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Pika. This thing bit me in the middle of the night while I was bivied
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Notchtop in early morning light
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Beckie on the approach
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The lower pitches of the Spiral Route
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Beckie on the 2nd pitch
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Nearing the ramp that spirals around to the east face
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Beckie arriving at the East Meadow
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Me with the Ptarmigan couloirs in the background
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Beckie at the East Meadow
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The last headwall before the notch. We took the obvious crack in the middle of the wall, just to my right
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The 5.7 crack up the face
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Stemming the dihedral
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The last pitch to the notch
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RCR following up to the notch
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RCR near the summit of the spire
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Us at the summit
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Ptarmigan Glacier, the sight of a near mishap in April
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Another inquisitive dude on the summit
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Beckie on the descent. Surprisingly, the descent was completely straightforward
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Elephant's head
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A turquoise blue tarn to jump into from a high perch
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RCR
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Downclimbing in the 4th class gully, our descent route
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Notchtop spire
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The spire from camp, after the climb