Sawtooth Mountains and the Tetons, 1972


In the summer of 1972, Harvey Carter asked me to substitute for him as a guide for the Iowa Mountaineers, on a trip to the Sawtooth Mountains, in Idaho. I gladly agreed, as it would be the first time that I would act as a climbing guide, apart from Outward Bound-type guiding activities. I carried a 35mm SLR with color film, and a medium format camera with black and white film.

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The Finger of Fate, above Hellroaring Lake

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My daypack, rope, ferns and flowers, below the Finger of Fate

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Just below the Finger of Fate, and columbine

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Hellroaring Lake, in the Sawtooth Mountains, Idaho

Hellroaring Lake and the Finger of Fate, in the Sawtooth Mountains, Idaho

Hellroaring Lake and the Finger of Fate, in the Sawtooth Mountains, Idaho

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The Finger of Fate

I had the good fortune to meet and guide a very pleasant and capable young lady, Gayle

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Gayle, on the Finger of Fate

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Gayle

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Gayle and another climber, on the summit of the Finger of Fate

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Dead tree, silhouetted

From Gayle’s camera:

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We also climbed Mt. Hayden, which I remember for the “gruss”, a kind of decomposed granite that resembles marbles. On the descent, we ran and skied down slopes of this material, but had to be very careful when we encountered a fine layer of gruss deposited on low-angle rock slabs. Then it became like ball-bearings, and was very skiddy. A fall in that situation would leave your clothes shredded.

Gayle and I continued together to the Tetons (Wyoming), after the Iowa Mountaineers camp concluded. There, we climbed the complete Exum route on the Grand Teton.

From left to right: the Middle Teton, the Grand Teton, Mt. Owen and Teewinot. The latter three are called the Cathedral group

From left to right: the Middle Teton, the Grand Teton, Mt. Owen and Teewinot. The latter three are called the Cathedral Group.

On the harder, lower part of the Exum

On the harder, lower part of the Exum – the 1st.pitch (other climbers are seen in the photo)

On the harder, lower part of the Exum - the Black Wall

On the harder, lower part of the Exum – the 5th. pitch, the Black Wall (other climbers are seen in the photo)

The summit register page, showing our entries. The NPS has put these registers online.

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I am a photographer and have published a book of photography and accompanying text on running the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The first (print) edition is out of print, but a second edition is available as an iBook (eBook) through the iTunes bookstore. All Grand Canyon, river and nature lovers will enjoy my book: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-grand/id672492447?ls=1
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