Ordeal By Piton Classic FA Steck- Salathé Sentinel Rock 1950

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Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Original Post - Jul 7, 2011 - 01:57pm PT
I posted this classic article in the midst of the Sentinel Summit Register thread but it really deserves its own thread. The Register thread is at:

http://www.supertopo.com/climbers-forum/1533071/Sentinel-Rock-Summit-Register-Classic-Whos-Who-1934-1976

This reprint of the original 1951 Sierra Club Bulletin article appeared in Galen Rowell's Vertical World of Yosemite.






Classic Ed Cooper photo











These guys blew the roof off sixty one years ago. Beyond proud...
Barbarian

Trad climber
The great white north, eh?
Jul 7, 2011 - 02:13pm PT
I've read this at least a hundred times...and just read it again. I am forever reminded just how tough these guys were. I marvel at their vision and what they overcame with pretty primative gear. This ascent really shows the strength and drive or the human spirit. Nice post!
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 7, 2011 - 02:15pm PT
The Original Hardmen!

More on Salathé here:

http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.php?topic_id=452074&msg=680879

http://www.supertopo.com/climbers-forum/606838/John-Salathe
couchmaster

climber
pdx
Jul 7, 2011 - 03:50pm PT
Still a great read after all these years and many other reads through it. Thanks Steve!
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 8, 2011 - 10:31am PT
Weekend Bump!
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 9, 2011 - 01:31pm PT
Classic Bump...
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 16, 2011 - 12:35pm PT
And to think that a 12 year-old found some love on this one warms my heart...
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 19, 2011 - 12:22am PT
Bump for Al...
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 10, 2012 - 12:19pm PT
Bump...
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Mar 10, 2012 - 12:27pm PT
It's a "climbing thread" Steve, of course you have to bump with the clowns on ST.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 10, 2012 - 12:35pm PT
So right!
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Mar 10, 2012 - 12:39pm PT
I'm taking a break from ST. I find myself getting sucked into OT threads. I'll still check in once in awhile but NO MORE POSTING. It's so discouraging trying to get people on a "so called" climbing forum to talk intelligently about....climbing.
kaholatingtong

Trad climber
the green triangle, cali
Mar 10, 2012 - 12:42pm PT
mmm gracias. keeping this injured bored sucka entertained.
WBraun

climber
Mar 10, 2012 - 12:47pm PT
Don't go away Donini you're much appreciated.

Especially for a backwood unintelligent yokel with no good brain like me .....
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 10, 2012 - 01:02pm PT
Somebody has to hold down the bar...goddamn aliens keep trying to transport it up to their ships!
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Mar 15, 2012 - 12:56am PT
WTF Jim is out of here. I still think all this bickering bullsh*t has led to the pushing away more and more of people who climb regularly no matter how old, how good, or how talented. I also think all the nasty crassness has led to it being sensored from people more and more, mainly myself, at work and this is what will be the eventual downfall of ST.

By the way this looks like a great thread and I will do my best to read it ON MY PHONE tomorrow at work.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 9, 2012 - 08:15pm PT
Lead every pitch like Donini does...

Bump... and Grind!
guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Apr 9, 2012 - 08:22pm PT
9 months and 17 hits of which most are "bumps" for this Classic of all Classics. That is really discouraging to say the least. I guess if you gave a class in history and no one showed up it would be history?
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 9, 2012 - 08:50pm PT
Fishing is fun whether you catch anything or not...
Lace

climber
las vegas, nv
Apr 9, 2012 - 08:54pm PT
This made my day! Thank you!
Zander

climber
Apr 9, 2012 - 09:02pm PT
Having been up there, it is cool to try to imagine where they were at various points. A very cool story.
HighTraverse

Trad climber
Bay Area
Apr 9, 2012 - 10:49pm PT
as Barbarian said in his first post, I never tire of reading this wonderful account of a magnificent climb. Every time I look up at Sentinel, I think of Steck (who frequents Sierra Nevada Section AAC events) and Salathe whom I met once on The Hand (his route) in the Pinnacles BITD.
A brilliant climb done by brilliant climbers. I still harbor a hope of getting up this route, Real Soon Now, before it's Too Late.
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