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South Face of Mephistopheles # 4181

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Date: 2003.08
Vantage Point: From boudlers to south

Caption: Stan approaching the blank and vertical south face of Mephistopheles.

PhotoDescr: Usually faces just look vertical from afar and then turn out to be more more lower-angled than you would have guessed when you get up right below them. Not so with this sucker, it was dead straight when viewed from the col to the west. A modicum of loose piles of rubble on the copious ledges and the downward sloping dip of the rock made us quickly forget thinking about a possible route on this face. What had looked like a corner system from camp, up the south of the face in those dark lines, was -- obvious from this vantage -- just lines of water streaks.

We ended up scrambling the west ridge (left skyline), which is a very nice 3rd class route with nice exposure, but should probably not be done in a rainstorm as we did it.

Taken during a five-day trip to the Devils Range of the Valhallas.

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