Dolt Photos - First Ascent of the Totem Pole


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Don Lauria

Trad climber
Bishop, CA
Topic Author's Original Post - Nov 20, 2008 - 05:36pm PT
I just ran across a couple of boxes of Dolt's slides and since I'm working on a few Dolt stories, I thought I'd post them to get your juices flowing.

The Totem Pole in Monument Valley

Dolt's Photo for the tourist trade

Find the climbers

Can you spot them?

You can see their silhouettes

More Dolt photos

Look closely

Hairy rappels

Looks like Mark Powell

Maybe Don Wilson?

Your guess is as good as mine

More Dolt photos

In the crew in Monument Valley

On top L. to R. Powell, Gallwas, Wilson (in back), Dolt (Bill Feuerer, in front)

Powell, Wilson, and Dolt

Powell, Wilson, and ?

A series of Dolt stories are forthcoming
Captain...or Skully

Social climber
Nov 20, 2008 - 05:37pm PT
Sweet, Don.

Chompin' at the bit......

Trad climber
Nov 20, 2008 - 05:49pm PT

wow, really awesome stuff!

psyched to see more if possible...
Captain...or Skully

Social climber
Nov 20, 2008 - 05:58pm PT
Thanks Don, That rules........

Sport climber
Venice, Ca
Nov 20, 2008 - 06:00pm PT
I swear that thing looks like it's cracked all the way through in some spots (the big horizontal cracks). What an FA!


Trad climber
San Francisco, Ca
Nov 20, 2008 - 06:04pm PT
Didn't a member of the FA party tie the ropes to his ankles, hang his feet over the side and tell his partners he dropped the ropes?

I think I read that in the original desert rock book.

Nov 20, 2008 - 06:27pm PT
Fantastic. Thanks, Don.

Keep digging and posting up treasures like these.


Social climber
Ventura, California
Nov 20, 2008 - 06:45pm PT
Those summit shots are some of the coolest I have ever seen! Thanks for posting them

Chicken Skinner

Trad climber
Nov 20, 2008 - 07:20pm PT
Great stuff Don! Thank you. I hope you find those Nose photos.

Patrick Oliver

Boulder climber
Fruita, Colorado
Nov 20, 2008 - 07:39pm PT
Yes, that photo of the four on top of Totem Pole has long been one of my very favorites. Jerry Gallwas sent me many of these photos and quite a few others, such as of Cleopatra's Needle, a real sliver, when I was working on my history of free climbing. Gallwas is a great guy and was immensely helpful. What a story all its own, of those four going down to the desert and climbing all those classic spires...
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Nov 20, 2008 - 09:11pm PT
Another vote for that summit photo of 4 as a classic!!

San Fran Cisco
Nov 20, 2008 - 09:22pm PT
spectacular pictures!
Scared Silly

Trad climber
Nov 20, 2008 - 09:26pm PT
What history .... damn.


East of Seattle
Nov 20, 2008 - 09:40pm PT
Fantastic! Thanks for sharing.

Trad climber
Moorpark, CA.
Nov 20, 2008 - 09:56pm PT
Great shots.

Don thanks for showing.

On the summit shot:

Guess the liquid in the puddle???????


Social climber
Nov 20, 2008 - 09:58pm PT
Right on! Thanks!
Charlie D.

Trad climber
Western Slope, Tahoe Sierra
Nov 20, 2008 - 09:58pm PT

It may be just my creative memory but wasn't Tom Condon involved in the project?

Charlie D.
Don Lauria

Trad climber
Bishop, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 20, 2008 - 10:07pm PT
Two things. Yes, the liquid was not rain water. And I believe Tom Condon was involved in the second ascent with TM Herbert.

Mendocino, Ca
Nov 20, 2008 - 10:19pm PT
Yes, Thank you Don for the great photos! I think my favorite is the top one of the totem pole. The lighting is perfect and the clouds seem to frame it perfectly. Awesome!

Boulder climber
Redmond, OR
Nov 20, 2008 - 10:19pm PT
definition of "authentic."

I like the "guess" shot showing the two stepper etriers left behind; quite an esoteric feeling, no?

Thank you, Don!
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