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Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Topic Author's Original Post - Jul 28, 2010 - 12:34pm PT
I just got through archiving about 60 slides I had misplaced in a couple of carousels amongst my hummocks of stuff. I have several threads to do with them. This is the first.

Molly Higgins 1975


portrait


leading on Nutcracker lower down


final pitch nutcracker

me leading the unique airy 3rd pitch of New Dimensions



Molly on crux of New Dimensions:

Molly and her cool red-haired friend at the base of the Cookie:

maldaly

Trad climber
Boulder, CO
Jul 28, 2010 - 02:40pm PT
I got to climb with Molly and Larry a couple of years ago when they came down for Harry Kent's wedding in the Springs. It was great to see them and re-connect. They're living up in Kalispell and lovin' life.
Mal
Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 28, 2010 - 02:48pm PT
Yeah, just what they always wanted and deserved, 38 miles from our northern border even. Really pretty location.
survival

Big Wall climber
A Token of My Extreme
Jul 28, 2010 - 04:42pm PT
Dig that harness yer sportin' there Peter!
martygarrison

Trad climber
The Great North these days......
Jul 28, 2010 - 05:28pm PT
Peter, where do they live? Just curious because I have a bunch of relatives who live in that area (Fortine, Whitefish, Trego, Eureka) and was wondering if they might know Molly now. I never met her personally but did follow her climbing exploits. The pic of her and Bev and Sybil (?) after the nose is classic. Anyway it's a very small world up there and maybe they have run into my family.
Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 28, 2010 - 06:17pm PT
Marty, in Whitefish.
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Jul 28, 2010 - 06:19pm PT
Molly's a great lady and she landed a good partner in Larry.
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Jul 28, 2010 - 08:19pm PT
hey there say, peter! ... wow, thanks for all the history in these new post...

i really love the intricate part that folks play in all this...thanks so very kindly... hope you can keep-it-up... good job...

:)
martygarrison

Trad climber
The Great North these days......
Jul 28, 2010 - 09:59pm PT
Man Whitefish is great. Lucky folks
Jan

Mountain climber
Okinawa, Japan
Jul 28, 2010 - 10:47pm PT
Great photos. And great hairdo you had back in those days Peter!

As mentioned before, I took Molly and Barb on their first climb in the Valley back in the fall of 1973after we all taught at Colorado Outward Bound - a 5.6 chimney. How they progressed in the two years after that!
sethsquatch76

Trad climber
Joshua tree ca
Jul 28, 2010 - 11:27pm PT
Molly and Larry are awesome people!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Showed up at Devils tower 6 or 7 weeks ago. Larry wussed out on Hollywood and vine, Molly promptly went up and sent!!!!!!!!! I was guiding and on the same belay ledge as them. Then they came over to Franks and had dinner with us. First time I had met them but I was in awe..... I can only hope that my lady and I are that in love and that bad ass at that age!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Molly Higgins, one of my heroes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 18, 2010 - 02:41pm PT
Here a couple more images of Molly HIggins from 1975; I just found them in my pig-mess of a slide collection---scanned them now and fixed the problems.


On Nutcracker first time;


top of first pitch of New Dimensions:
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Nov 18, 2010 - 11:47pm PT
More Molly over on Peter's first MH thread...

http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.php?topic_id=1037030&msg=1278076#msg1278076
MH2

climber
Nov 19, 2010 - 04:08am PT
Great to see this show up; such pictures so richly recall time and place, wind, sun, and how it feels.

Thanks, Mr. Haan.
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Nov 19, 2010 - 10:41am PT
Peter... is that a SINGLE wrap of 1" yer sporting? Man! Granite ballz!
Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 19, 2010 - 10:49am PT
No Simon, it's 25 ft of 1" tubing. It just looks like a single wrap because it is tidy there.
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Nov 19, 2010 - 11:03am PT
I remember doing a wrap with that but I was never so tidy! From a physics standpoint it seems lke a stack of 1" tub only acts as a single wrap on your spine... I used to spread it out so it was more like 3" across the back. At least I used to pretend it was more comfy on raps and falls.

Either way, it's a long way from my $140 Catholic-wafer-thin Arc'teryx harness I use now.
Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 19, 2010 - 11:09am PT
God that was funny! Yeah I normally spread it it out too but it often would jus stack back together . This was in the era between hand-tied swami belts and the harnesses of today.
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Nov 19, 2010 - 12:17pm PT
So Peter, how much is it going to cost me to have you scan in all my slides, let's say I need about 1000 of them scanned?
clive ROWLAND

Mountain climber
nairn
Feb 11, 2012 - 03:37pm PT
Hi, I met Molly in the Pamirs in 1974, she was a member of a US team, while I was a member of an English team attending the international meet that year.

I remember Molly was the first American to set foot on the summit of Pic Lennin. We became good friends, climbing a 3000ft ice climb together during the meet. We met again during 1980, in Boulder, Colorado where she lived with her partner Larry Bruce?

It would be nice to make contact again after all these years, if anyone can help me out?

Thanks, Clive.
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