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Trad climber
Lee, NH
Apr 18, 2010 - 07:49pm PT
I missed this post the first time around, but certainly didn't miss the original Ascent story.
Jeff's tale of Isaac was in our minds as Joe and I headed up sandstone walls of our own.

Joe and John Byrd made an early ascent of Isaac not long afterwards. I believe they found the "reasonable, though scary" chimney to be scary indeed.

Big Wall climber
Sedr Woolley, WA
Apr 18, 2010 - 11:08pm PT
Hell yeah Jeff, inspirational.....


Trad climber
Behind the Zion Curtain
Apr 18, 2010 - 11:12pm PT
"It’s more like a lover’s ass than cold stone, and a gentle caress, not a forceful tug, gets us where we want to go."

"when life was enough without inventing games."

Brilliant...thanks for sharing Jello!


Trad climber
Apr 19, 2010 - 01:02am PT
Oh Yeah!

Trad climber
Somewhere halfway over the rainbow
Apr 19, 2010 - 11:53am PT
"Far below, the Virgin River mumbles a quiet protest under her breath. Gentle winds carry her whispered worry for her creation to the ears of those who care".


It's sad that this wonderful story got lost in the shuffle.
I missed it the first go-round. So glad it got bumped to my Attention.

Jello, me thinks your book will be brilliant.
Double D

Apr 19, 2010 - 12:14pm PT
Sweet find...I missed this first round.

Mountain climber
Wilson, Wyoming
Apr 19, 2010 - 02:47pm PT
Thanks for the photos and story! Amazing and magical. Then as now. Stories like this are why I read this site. I can't wait for the book.

“There’s just too many damn people in the Valley.” NO DOUBT
"In five years this place will be just as crowded." I HAVE A SNEAKING SUSPICION THAT THIS WILL NEVER HAPPEN.

I did my first route there 17 years ago and have thought the same thing year after year. Magazine artilces and guidebooks have not changed a thing. The place is damn scary and far from any population density. No crowds then as now.


Big Wall climber
A Token of My Extreme
Apr 19, 2010 - 02:59pm PT
Another Jello classic.

Glad you guys gave it the bump!!

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Apr 19, 2010 - 07:20pm PT

Bump. . .Thanks, Jello, another inspirational tale.

Trad climber
Hagerman, ID
Apr 19, 2010 - 11:33pm PT
Jello: It is always a joy to read your stories. I was a little slow getting to this one, but that adds to my joy in bumping it back up the ST.

Please! Post some more stories.

Thank you, Fritz

Trad climber
Albuquerque, NM
Aug 25, 2010 - 07:04pm PT
bump for a gem found while digging in the archives
Captain...or Skully

Big Wall climber
Transporter Room 2
Aug 25, 2010 - 07:08pm PT
That's a good one. Fun to read again.
And there's ALWAYS room for Jello.
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Aug 25, 2010 - 08:00pm PT
A shot from the Out To Pasture thread with Jello and cousin George.

Credit: Piton Ron

a tied-off Tomahawk™
Aug 25, 2010 - 08:12pm PT
L to R: Jeff/Sierra Nevada product placement, Liam Neeson, Tom Frost on ambien, unidentified climber with goblet.

I keed. Legends!
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Aug 25, 2010 - 11:52pm PT
I posted the entire Ascent 72 Zion article and guide on this thread...


The Jello was superb fresh from the mold!~~~~~~
Hardly Visible

Social climber
Llatikcuf WA
May 28, 2015 - 08:20am PT
As Piton Ron noted up thread "history straight from the horses mouth".

Gross Vegas
Oct 8, 2015 - 06:16pm PT

Dec 4, 2015 - 06:47am PT

Another great Supertopo Jeff Lowe read. Must be snow and cold in
Zion right now.

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