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Doin' the El Cap Layback

Doin' the El Cap Layback



It was 1983, my first visit to the mythical and mystical Valley. I had been enjoying some free climbing, and had managed to get up a couple Grade V walls.

After a strenuous few days of climbing, Kevin suggested we do the El Cap layback.

Great, thought I. Probably some desperate 10d, hard to place gear, nowhere to rest.....

"No!", said Kevin. "We go down to the Meadows and lay back and look at El Cap!"

Fine by me.

From left to right, Gerry DeMaio, John Kaandorp and Kevin Lawlor

One of my favourite pictures ever, this photo is enlarged to poster-size, and hangs in my front hallway.

Rating:Average Rating = 4.27/5 | Votes: 17 | Comments: 5

Submitted by: passthepitonspete on 2001-11-04 | Views: 1351

Comment 5 out of 5 stars addiroids on 2002-07-08
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Yeah baby, poster size. That's cool dude!!!
Comment 5 out of 5 stars cragchica on 2002-07-29
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Ah... the summer of '83... your first trip to the Valley, my first trip to Devil's Tower (as an already-experienced backpacker at the ripe old age of 4 months). Oh, the nostalgia!
Comment donaldjamesperry on 2002-09-10
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Good pic!
Comment 5 out of 5 stars josephine on 2003-01-17
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Woooooooooo-Hoooooooooo,great pic,Pete!
Comment 5 out of 5 stars pyrosis on 2006-07-18
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F*N classic. I love it.