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Ascent of Mount Sill in 1972-08

Climber: Dick Ellsworth

Others in Party:free solo
Date:August, 1972
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Sill
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:14153 ft / 4313 m

Ascent Trip Report

Was somewhat sandbagged on this - an older guide rated this as 5.4. At the time i was pretty comfortable leading easy 10s so i thought this would be a lark - didn't bother with gear (free solo).

Then that step across!! Not 5.4 at all. Shrank back from the exposure for a moment, reflected on what a good life i'd had, then committed to the pitch. Needless to say i made it, but thought long and hard about free soloing when i got back to the tent later that day.
Summary Total Data
    Grade/Class:5.7
    Quality:9 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Rock Climb
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
Ascent Statistics
    Route:Swiss Arete
    Time Up:5 Hours 
Descent Statistics



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