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Oplopanax

Mountain climber
The Deep Woods
Oct 12, 2017 - 10:12am PT
Too bad Beckey has severe dementia and can't tell which walls he has attempted and didn't get.

Libel.
Phred

Mountain climber
Anchorage
Oct 12, 2017 - 12:37pm PT
BITD (I know, that's redundant) The Fred went to the Fairweather Range
(obviously named by a realtor) with Dusan Jagersky, Wickwire, and
Greg Markov, IIRC. They got to their basecamp whereupon The Fred had a
meltdown over their objective. He decided to stay at basecamp and
pout while the others went climbing. They climbed up onto the spine
of this bitchin ridge and set up camp. In the morning Dusan was up
and out of the tent enjoying his brekky, and the view, when a major
earthquake hit. Dusan looked into the darkness of the tent at a pair
of very large eyeballs while their world wildly gyrated. Then they
watched as every face in the basin simultaneously avalanched. They
all assumed they'd seen the last of The Fred as the whole basin filled
up with powder clouds to a depth of several thousand feet. They
decided continuing was safer than descending so on they went without
seeing a trace of The Fred. Five days later they get back down and were
greeted with

"What the hell took you so long? I was bored to death here!"

That was in July 1973 and the peak in question was Mount Quincy Adams. For those who might be interested, read Wickwire's account in the 1974 AAJ.
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