Canyonlands, April 12, 1965 (postcard)
Canyonlands postcard back, April 12, 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 saw a cairn on the summit when we got there. So we did the second ascent.
The Dark Angel, Arches NP, April 1965. Harvey above and David below.
The Dark Angel, Arches NP, April 1965. David leads.
The Dark Angel, Arches NP, April 1965. Me, rappelling by moonlight.
We next went to the Castle Valley, to attempt a first ascent of the Sister Superior.
David Hiser looking up at the Sisters. On the left is the Sister Superior. It is located on the ridge between Castleton Tower, to the south, and the Convent, to the north
Sister Superior, Savior route. I lead some 5.7 chimneys, April, 1965 (Hiser photo)
Sister Superior, Savior route. David belays me, April 1965
Sister Superior, Savior route. David leads up a blank wall, April, 1965
Sister Superior, Savior route. Harvey belays David. The La Sal Mountains are seen to the southeast , April, 1965
And on April 12, we did a first ascent of Barebutte Dome, which has one 5.9 pitch on it. Afterward, we took a look at the new Canyonlands National Park and vicinity.
Canyonlands, view to the southeast, April, 1965
Juniper and seep, Canyonlands NP, April, 1965
The White Rim, at Monument Basin, Canyonlands NP, April, 1965
Deadhorse Point State Park, April, 1965
The following three photos, of Canyonlands NP, were taken in 1976.
Canyonlands NP, sunset, 1976
Canyonlands NP, White Rim caprocks, 1976
CanyonlandsNP, Shafer Trail view, 1976
I next went to Yosemite Valley, before leaving for the Alps. My summer’s climbing in the Alps is seen in the next chapter.