Mal Daly's Alaska epic (with Jim Donini)


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Anchorage Alaska
May 15, 2019 - 10:10am PT
The Dolores River Canyon outside of Dove Creek Co. is the closest good crag to Mancos I think. About 60 miles

Trad climber
May 15, 2019 - 11:55am PT
There are survivors and there are people who give up.

I remember a line in the epic Denali book Minus 148 Degrees.

These hard locals decide to attempt the first winter ascent of Denali and get pinned down in a raging blizzard at 17,000 feet in what sounded like some horribly cramped ice cave and run out of everything. Food, Fuel, anything to eat or drink.

One of them remembers that they might be near an old Cache a previous expedition had left in the area.

He set out in the blizzard with the mindset of "never give up always try until there is nothing left in you"

He hacked away blindly at the ice around them and he eventually found the food and fuel cache that saved their lives.

Mal never gave up on that ledge that's for damn sure.....

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
May 15, 2019 - 12:54pm PT
Mal had no choice but to stay on that ledge but the remarkable thing is the incredibly positive attitude he maintained in very trying circumstances. No sleeping bag or tent, little food or water, major injuries and constant spindrift avalanches covering him.
It has often been said that in survival situations, a positive attitude goes a long way towards a good outcome.
Nick Danger

Ice climber
Arvada, CO
May 15, 2019 - 02:01pm PT
Happy hunting and I hope you find just what you are looking for. My lovely bride and I just found our retirement digs, 200 feet from Rio Chama, nearest trailhead about 1/2 mile away, road biking, mtn biking, and dirt biking right out the front door, skiing an hour away, and numerous rick climbing areas within 1 hr. We can drag our canoes or duckies from the porch to the river. Fruit trees abound and soon we will be planting a garden. Dream spots are out there, and the search is half the fun.

Once we close on the house, change what we need to change, and set up shop (late summer) I'll post up an invitation to one and all to wander down for some northern New Mexico phun. Totally wicked cool geology too.

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The state of confusion
May 15, 2019 - 03:47pm PT
Did they ever find poor Mal's toe, and the bum that stole it?
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