23 September 2001 -- Galena!

Led by George Wysup, Tom Hill, and Carleton Shay.

This was one kickass climb. What a great day!

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The intrepid climbers set out (945 KB)

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We can still see the cars

Let's make a break for it
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Sandy Sperling demonstrating an ability to smile on the way
to her doom
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Sandy, still smiling. Later, I learned it was painted on with
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First view of the headwall. We immediately took a split
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Some of us tried to run away up the canyon's side (821 KB)

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Later, we wished we had run away. This is the team on the
right side ascent. (The headwall is actually much steeper
than this photo makes it seem -- the photographer is lying
at an angle hugging the ground.)

You can see a climber in the center on "Pat's Rock", waiting
to traverse on to safety at the right

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The ill-fated attempt to climb the left side of the
headwall. Only three climbers successfully made the
caprock and traverse. Five turned back, and four
made a low traverse of the headwall and ascended on
the right
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Karen and Tom, awaiting their turn to attempt the left
side ascent
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The view from the top. Yes, that is just about straight
down ...
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More climbers on the right ascent (743 KB)

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The dirt axe from Hell. It owns George (894 KB)

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Tom, out on the headwall keeping an eye on us (433 KB)

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The photographer pioneers an innovative self-arrest
technique using only his digital camera, a penknife, and
a half-chewed mouthful of gorp
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Tom makes walking straight up vertical rock look easy (869 KB)

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The exhileration of success! (369 KB)

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The exhaustion of success! (372 KB)

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Later, on the summit (768 KB)

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Everybody grows impatient as the photographer fuddles (769 KB)

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The photographer joins the group is his disreputable,
battered hat
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I'll get even with her for this shot (700 KB)

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Yet one more group photo (733 KB)

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George, as climbers descend the headwall behind him (868 KB)

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More climbers descending (867 KB)

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The headwall telephotoed from a distance. You can clearly see
the sandy left side and the crumbling gray rock on the right
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The photographer practicing his self-arrest-with-camera
technique on level ground. It works, I guess ...
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Tom took a shot of Karen and Brian as we left the headwall (447 KB)

Kent Schwitkis' photos are viewable here.