Storming the Tower, National Geographic, 1996


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beneath the valley of ultravegans
Topic Author's Original Post - Apr 29, 2012 - 10:26pm PT
I stumbled (literally) across a huge box of old National Geographic magaziness on the way home last night and this issue stood out. Cowboys, bloody GriGri, angry liaison officers, what's not to love?

The team included Todd Skinner, Bill Hatcher, Mike Lilygren, Bobby Model, and Jeff Bechtel. A number of other free ascents of the Great Trango followed. Anyone been in the Baltoro Glacier zone? Stories to share?

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Apr 29, 2012 - 10:32pm PT
Nice job on the scan, and great article.

NG back in the "good old days" before they hired an editor from "People" magazine.

Social climber
Apr 29, 2012 - 11:24pm PT
hey there say, marty(r) thanks for the neat share... i can't see the pics (sounds like you put some up??) from that other post, i just saw?

my mom and i always loved national geographpic mags...

always found a way to get some cheap or free from libraries...
thanks for sharing all the names, in your list too

The Alpine

Big Wall climber
Apr 30, 2012 - 01:34am PT
That article got me so psyched. That thing is a total classic for me. Pretty much got me into climbing.

Apr 30, 2012 - 09:40am PT
Man, Todd (Skinner) and Bobby (Model) both died early and untimely deaths. Anyone else wonder if there's a curse on that group of guys?

Social climber
Jul 2, 2012 - 12:04pm PT
hey there couchmaster.... say, i was just visiting this post and saw your thought here...

i'd not think so... so many things in life, and the trails that we pick, desire, or end up on, help make us who we are...

sometimes the 'who we are' just affects us and what and were we go, and what we think to do on a certain day... sometimes THOSE are really the reasons that 'something' can go wrong... *kind of like it does for our kids, when they are learning... things can go wrong--but they have us here to help step in and fix, or even prevent it in time, so they can 'life live longer' (or into adulthood)...

once we are adults, we don't have that options, but we sure do live life, and love it, just the same...

*i know that from reading, bobby model chose to live in kenya, and then, of course, he was doing some kind of photo work, in the area that his car
was attacked, in...

and, todd was doing what climbers do--climbing, but then something went wrong, :(

well, i just wanted to share that note, since it just kind of 'caught my attention'--i know you were just sharing the thought, was all...

didn't mean to 'muss up the wateringhole' here, :))

i just really ADMIRE and respect all you guys, and all the things that you
all have learned, done, and worked into your lives, :)
things go wrong in a more 'out in the open way' than
when things go wrong, at home,:)

i've learned a lot about climbers, here...
keep sharing stuff!
Don Paul

Big Wall climber
Colombia, South America
Jul 2, 2012 - 01:45pm PT
Would be an amazing thing to climb if it weren't for the 4000 pounds of gear and the months-long seige. Puts it beyond the reach of just about everyone. If the Awhanees ever decide to build a hotel at the base, I'm in.
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