U Notch Couloir, North Palisade III AI 2 5.2

 
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Couloirs looking better than 2 years ago - 8/5/10
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Rob scrambling along the ridge towards North Palisade
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Looking across the U-Notch in the direction of Polemonium Peak
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Two-piton belay mentioned in some guidebooks
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Rob leading the chimney
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Rob topping out
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Last 50' or so: 45-50 degree blue ice. Whee !
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Narrow spot in the U-Notch, near the top. Looked to be in the process of melting out. Note large amounts of loose rock ..
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Rob cruising up the U-Notch
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In the U-Notch, near the beginning of the ice (gray and aerated here)
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V-Notch
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Small crevasses on the Palisade Glacier
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Tromping up the Palisade Glacier to the U-Notch
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Wind and clouds ! Not a good sign.. the clouds dissipated, but the wind did not.
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U-Notch in late June: bergschrund crossable on right side, some ice visible
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Excellent weather and views
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More U Notch rock debris - 8/5/10
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Almost icy towards the top of U Notch - 8/5/10
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Rock debris high in U Notch couloir - 8/5/10
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U Notch - 8/5/10
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