Sentinel Rock Summit Register- Classic Who's Who 1934-1976

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Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 14, 2013 - 01:44pm PT
And we bumped...
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 12, 2014 - 11:54pm PT
Proudly...
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Apr 23, 2014 - 02:50pm PT
just a little melancholy update to the thread pertinent to my post
http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.php?topic_id=1533071&msg=1552926#msg1552926
that Hugh DeWitt died on March 28th of this year.

It was amazing that bringing up this thread to him and see his eyes light up, and when he reported back on his discussion with Sherman Lehman it was clear they had a very good time discussing this small bit of Yosemite climbing history that they had so long ago, and inadvertently, participated in.

The truth is that even the tiny, in-the-moment act of signing the Sentinel Rock climbing register in 1959 sets a mark in time and space that persists. They signed that register on Saturday, May 16th. I've been up that route and I'm sure they had a great day. I'm guessing that when Gary and I did it (in this decade) it was more remote than when Hugh and Sherman did it, as it was one of less than 100 routes available to do back then... of course there were a lot fewer climbers too.

Anyway, not a notable passing in the climbing community, but I'd thought to report it here.

HighTraverse

Trad climber
Bay Area
Apr 23, 2014 - 04:02pm PT
Historical trivia confusion: Spiral or Circular Staircase?

When Brower and Morgan Harris first climbed the west face in 1940 they didn't give the route a name.
The first time I see it named is 1957 by Mathias and Weightman: "Spiral Staircase".

Then in '63 TMJesse's uncle's ascent it's now "Circular Staircase"
Roper (1971) calls it Circular Staircase
I haven't read through the entire register but when/how did it get renamed?

On July 4 '48 the Stanford Alpine Club took nine "kids" to the top of Sentinel.
"No ropes, no pitons"
Richard Williams - 14
Bill Finney - 15
Bill Kershaw - leader?
Donald Rogers - 14
James Burgard? - 13
Walter McClary - 14 1/2
Jerry Insco, Don Yocke - 15
Doug Williams - 13
Wesley Kinsel - leader?
Walter Isle - 14
Peter Hese? -14
BBA

climber
OF
Apr 23, 2014 - 07:41pm PT
Everyone is worthy of note in the climbing community when they go to the big valley in the sky. The names Lehman and DeWitt tickled my memory...

Mowat was on the first ascent of the Southwest Arete, West Side, of the Middle Brother in Yosemite Valley with Nick Clinch, Dave Harrah and Sherman Lehman. A Climber’s Guide to Yosemite Valley, Steve Roper, 1964, p. 158

Also, from the Starr King Register:

May 19, 1951 Absolutely perfect day.
John Mowat S.A.C.
B Vogel SAC
Hugh DeWitt, SAC
BBA

climber
OF
Apr 25, 2014 - 12:39pm PT
The date given on the Sentinel register at the start was August 1960 for Jeff and me. I found my old Climber's Guide to the high Sierra (the only Valley guide at the time) with the dates. For what it's worth...

Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 31, 2015 - 10:25am PT
Another classic register from down Valley here...

http://www.supertopo.com/climbers-forum/1099498/Lower-Cathedral-Spire-Register-May-1964-Late-1973
Rollover

climber
Gross Vegas
Jan 31, 2015 - 10:37am PT
This may be the best thread ever..
couchmaster

climber
Sep 15, 2015 - 10:07am PT


Yes it is, thanks for the amazing historical share Steve G!

Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 13, 2015 - 07:39pm PT
Psychedelic Wall Bump...
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 10, 2016 - 10:24pm PT
Gobi Wall bump...Who has done this one?
steveA

Trad climber
Wolfeboro, NH
Oct 17, 2016 - 05:43am PT
Bump for a fun read, coupled with the recent activity of freeing the West Face.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Oct 17, 2016 - 06:09am PT
Interesting nomenclature in referring to the two aspects of Sentinel.

North Wall and West Face.

Ominous and frightening versus brightly lit and inviting.

Lots of work scanning there, Steve. Thanks.

Did you ever get on the West Face, old boy?
PhilG

Trad climber
The Circuit, Tonasket WA
Oct 17, 2016 - 08:04am PT
Great picture, Mouse.
Unusual perspective.
Urmas

Social climber
Sierra Eastside
Oct 17, 2016 - 09:59am PT
Regarding the summit register from Lower Cathedral Spire, I can fill in a little of its history. I replaced that register in 1973. I kept the old register, placed by Royal Robbins in 1963, for many years. Around '79 or '80 I gave it to someone I knew in Tahoe City, who told me they would pass it on to the Sierra Club Mountain Records Archive at UC Berkeley. How interesting that it ended up with Roger Breedlove, and posted here! I'm glad it turned out that way!
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 18, 2016 - 04:28pm PT
I did the West Face with Peter Prandoni from New Mexico around 1975.

Followed my first Yosemite 5.11 pitch on that outing.

The movie Sentinel- The West Face was being shown on a regular basis back in those days around the California national park and I couldn't wait to check it out. I have copies of the film available on DVD if anyone is interested.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 25, 2017 - 10:11am PT
Enter and sign in please...
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Jul 21, 2018 - 06:35pm PT
best bump, nostalgia and remembrances
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Dec 20, 2018 - 10:42am PT
"best bump, nostalgia and remembrances"--Ed Hartouni on July 21, 2018

Can't quite see the register from here.👀
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