Monthly Archives: August 2015

The Desert – Fall, 1965

On November 4, 1965, Harvey Carter and I did the first ascent of the Convent, by a route he named the Salvation Chimney. Nothing equals the ridge that runs from the Convent to Castleton Tower, for great climbs and great … Continue reading

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Chamonix – 1965

My 1965 climbing season started in the Moab area, followed by Yosemite Valley. As summer approached, I drove across the country with Doug and Susie Tompkins, in their VW bus. Or was it with Royal Robbins and Liz? I was en … Continue reading

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The Desert – Spring, 1965

In April of 1965, David Hiser, myself and Harvey Carter went down to the Moab area (which was generally called “the desert” by Colorado climbers) to do some climbing. Harvey was hoping for the first ascent of the Dark Angel, in Arches NP, but … Continue reading

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Ski-Bum Winter #5 – Aspen, 1964/65

Aspen, Colorado. David and I arrived around Thanksgiving, 1964, and found an $80/month room with the Snyders, at the end of E. Hopkins Ave. He got a job as a breakfast cook at the Skillet, while I resumed work as … Continue reading

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Climbing, 1964 – Utah, Yosemite, Tetons and Wind Rivers

While teaching skiing in Aspen, I had met a local climber, Harvey Carter, who was on the Aspen Mountain Ski Patrol. His patrol nickname was “Mr. Balls”. Towards the end of the winter he invited me to accompany him to … Continue reading

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Ski-Bum Winter #4, Sugar Bowl, CA and Aspen, CO – Winter ’63/’64

My voyage around the world had been thwarted. Had I reacted in time, I would  have been able to avoid being inoculated with a needle that had just been removed from the arm of a person carrying serum hepatitis! Now, I … Continue reading

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Travels Abroad, 1962-3, Chapter 13 – India

While in Iran, I had researched the Kulu Valley of India, which provides relatively easy access to peaks of moderate height. It sounded like a good bet for me. From Amritsar, I took a two-day bus trip that first went through the town of … Continue reading

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Travels Abroad, 1962-3, Chapter 11 – Iran

We drove southeast into Iran, and, as evening approached, the wind was blowing hard. Dust everywhere. We pulled up against the mud brick wall of a compound, in the lee of the wind, and began cooking dinner. Not long after, a man came … Continue reading

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Travels Abroad, 1962-3, Chapter 12 – Afghanistan and Pakistan

The road from the Iran/Afghanistan border to the western city of Herat was no improvement over the one that had got us to the border. The Englishman, an engineer, had Brian back the Bug over an irrigation ditch, so that he … Continue reading

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Travels Abroad, 1962-3, Chapter 10 – Turkey

Brian Walton, myself and his VW Bug set sail from Haifa, with our destination Antalya, Turkey. As we approached Antalya, we saw a snowy mountain rising directly up from the coast. “Let’s climb that”, I said to Brian. We pulled in … Continue reading

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