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Jeff Elgar Leading P3

Average Rating = 3.00/5 Jeff Elgar Leading P3

Jeff is working his way up a fine crack on the third pitch of The Prow on Yosemite's Washington Column in August 1977. This was our first wall, fueled by youth and confidence, back before it was hammered into submission. Everyone's got to start somewhere.
Submitted by: pywiak on 2003-02-10
Views: 971 | Votes: 8 | Comment: 1
Who Needs Technique When You're Young and Burly?

Average Rating = 3.29/5 Who Needs Technique When You're Young and Burly?

Alan Nelson onsighting the big roof of the Direct South Face in tennis shoes in February 1978. Shouldn't he be in school or something?
Submitted by: pywiak on 2003-01-30
Views: 1017 | Votes: 7 | Comments: 4
Royal Arches Rotten Log Pitch

Average Rating = 2.50/5 Royal Arches Rotten Log Pitch

This piece of history used to be the classic trad terror lead. Alas, it fell off a few years back and the route now goes around this section. The photograph is from my first time across the Log in April 1977
Submitted by: pywiak on 2002-12-29
Views: 1331 | Votes: 2 | Comments: 3
Sundance

Average Rating = 2.67/5 Sundance

The sun has gone, but the dance goes on. Sundance is one of Suicide Rock's moderate 5.10 mega-classics. Even back in 1976, slabsters happily queued up to take their turn on this flawless granite face.
Submitted by: pywiak on 2002-12-19
Views: 993 | Votes: 3 | Comment: 1
Mt. Whitney Crest

Average Rating = 3.67/5 Mt. Whitney Crest

The east side of the Mt Whitney Crest has some fine alpine granite within a few miles of the trailhead.
Submitted by: pywiak on 2002-12-17
Views: 741 | Votes: 4 | Comments: 0
Lone Pine Peak

Average Rating = 2.75/5 Lone Pine Peak

Lone Pine Peak sets a distinctive profile above the Owens Valley. There is enough good stone within ten miles of the summit to occupy several lifetimes of cragging.
Submitted by: pywiak on 2002-12-17
Views: 898 | Votes: 4 | Comment: 1
Northeast Face of Mt Russell

Average Rating = 0.00/5 Northeast Face of Mt Russell

Mt. Russell boasts some fine alpine granite, including the northeast face. The east ridge from the Russell-Carillon Col is an airy third class venture well worth the approach.
Submitted by: pywiak on 2002-12-17
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A Young Michael Paul Below the Rectum Roof

Average Rating = 3.67/5 A Young Michael Paul Below the Rectum Roof

Werner Landry established this 5.10 slab to roof crack in 1975. In 1976 Michael Paul played hooky from high school to snag an early repeat. Everyone was impressed, until we'd all done it too.
Submitted by: pywiak on 2002-12-17
Views: 1072 | Votes: 9 | Comment: 1
Greasy Hippy on a Greasy Slab

Average Rating = 3.33/5 Greasy Hippy on a Greasy Slab

Galen Kirkwood meditating on the greasy crimpers of "Orange Walk" in 1976. The ridge in the background is now covered with houses and condos. This is known as "Progress".
Submitted by: pywiak on 2002-12-16
Views: 1428 | Votes: 6 | Comments: 4
Sign on the Dotted Line

Average Rating = 2.25/5 Sign on the Dotted Line

This Joshua Tree classic, Papa Woolsey, starts right out of the back of one of the campsites in Hidden Valley's main loop. Back in 1976 you could actually drive in on Friday night and claim it. Today, you have a better chance of hitting the lottery.
Submitted by: pywiak on 2002-12-16
Views: 671 | Votes: 4 | Comments: 0
High Step and Crimp

Average Rating = 3.00/5 High Step and Crimp

Papa Woolsey in Joshua Tree's Hidden Valley Campground is one of the Park's must-do routes. This picture was taken about 20,000 ascents ago in 1976. Note the lack of quickdraws, the 1/4" bolt, and the primitive fashion statement.
Submitted by: pywiak on 2002-12-16
Views: 609 | Votes: 3 | Comments: 2
What a Big Rock!

Average Rating = 2.80/5 What a Big Rock!

Big Rock really isn't, but that hasn't diminished its popularity over the years. What you see is what you get, except the crowds have grown since this photo was taken in 1976.
Submitted by: pywiak on 2002-12-16
Views: 2644 | Votes: 5 | Comment: 1
Young and Foolish

Average Rating = 3.57/5 Young and Foolish

Alan Nelson using a ground-down hook on a clean, hammerless, no-bolts lead of the forgotten A5 test piece "Misbegotten" in 1976. You can forget "bounce-testing" gear on this obscure testpiece.
Submitted by: pywiak on 2002-12-16
Views: 809 | Votes: 7 | Comments: 2
Kurt Smith on

Average Rating = 3.00/5 Kurt Smith on "Scratch and Claw"

Kurt Smith starting the FA redpoint of "Scratch and Claw" in 1990. Back "in the day" this was considered a difficult route.
Submitted by: pywiak on 2002-12-13
Views: 711 | Votes: 5 | Comments: 2
Kurt Smith cruxing on

Average Rating = 2.00/5 Kurt Smith cruxing on "Scratch and Claw"

With steel fingers and determination Kurt Smith sends the first crux of the FA of "Scratch and Claw" in 1990. This is but one of his many contributions to the sport of climbing.
Submitted by: pywiak on 2002-12-13
Views: 880 | Vote: 1 | Comment: 1
Kurt Smith Chilling

Average Rating = 3.14/5 Kurt Smith Chilling

With nothing but overhanging jugs to the anchor, Kurt Smith shakes out on the 1990 FA of "Scratch and Claw" as awed locals look on in admiration.
Submitted by: pywiak on 2002-12-13
Views: 909 | Votes: 7 | Comments: 4
Kurt Smith Chalking

Average Rating = 4.20/5 Kurt Smith Chalking

Kurt Smith casually chalking up as he dispatches the final roof on the 1990 FA of "Scratch and Claw". Ordinary people are desperately pumped at this point, but not The General.
Submitted by: pywiak on 2002-12-13
Views: 2808 | Votes: 10 | Comments: 4
Big Dog | Dog Run | Underdog

Average Rating = 2.33/5 Big Dog | Dog Run | Underdog

Big Dog (.12) tackles the overhanging nose on the left. Dog Run (.12) heads up the middle of the face. Underdog (.12) takes a bad-sized left-slanting roof crack on the right. Grid-bolted linkups abound.
Submitted by: pywiak on 2002-12-05
Views: 2171 | Votes: 4 | Comments: 0