Trip Report
Bushido (Great Trango Tower, August 2013)
Wednesday September 25, 2013 8:24pm
In the words of the ancients, one should make his decision within the space of seven breaths. It is a matter of being determined and having the spirit to break through to the other side
– Jim Jarmush (Ghost Dog)
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Typically, the name of the route is created after the climb, but this time was different. Going in 40 Celsius degree heat, inhale clouds of the Baltoro dust, from time to time we shouted spontaneously: Bushido! Bushido! Bushido!
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For sure we had a fighting mood, but not against something, or against somebody, it was supposed to be fighting for something and also like a movie with Bruce Lee _ fight with no fight. We stood against everything that stood against us and we were on our way to Great Trango Tower. We had to be ready,and we were ready, prepared, focused on the wall, which in a fact was waiting for us. Our fight was like a peace in the front of aggression and normality in the turmoil of madness ...
29th of July, with the whole necessary gear, we got to Trango Base Camp.
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Our heavy dry food...
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Dealing with all problems we realized that, it was some kind of unity we felt. No fears or doubts divided our attitudes.
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The next day after we got the BC, we started to carry loads to the wall base. We did not want to rest and admire the view, our goal was only the wall and it was the most important. Aman (our guide) got a virus of the commitment helped us to carry all stuff. Thanks to him, we saved two days and we could fix 8 pitches.
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Choosing the line is always a question that needs to be directed at the wall,so we asked and nothing could stop us in looking for the answer...
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The evening before the the start of the climb is always full of questions that everyone has to answer...
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We said goodbye to Aman (guide) and Abid (cook),and all that things, that could provide us scatter were left behind.
The first day was difficult. Hauling by eight pitches in unbearable heat and sloping rock was truly killing, but we proceeded as steam locomotive, in harmonious rhythm and coordinated moves like on Baffin Island in the last year.
At Camp I we had a feeling, that we left the world behind us ...
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I could not wait for morning, because above us was a beautiful corner, which was supposed to be my first lead on the route.
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Somewhere there, I took my first fall on the Trango. The beak was weak ...
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Yeti leads in the next day...
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We had the water problem, because of so sunny and dry days. Since the day one, we had to carry a water, but we finished just before the Camp II, so the wall answered on out request...
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The climbing is not the art of suffering only...
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...but hauling is
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We got to Terraces with a old snow, and even fresh snow, so we had enough water
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We did not complain because of the weather, we just climb every day
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The first pitch on the head wall reminded me my last year climb on Native Son
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The clean corner lead us to the Camp IV
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The next day we spent on hauling out stuff to the Camp IV and we set the portaledge
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That was the last Camp on the wall, so we had to climb and jug up every day till the end of the route
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Because of altitude and no acclimatization sometimes we had some headaches and the food tasted even worse, than really was
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Every day we tell ourselves "we need a one rest day" and each morning, after breakfast we start climbing ...
That was impressive lead of Yeti...
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Even jugging on that pitches was exciting
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Leading of the steep and clean cracks of the Azeem Ridge route made me happy...
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We are about fifteen days on the wall. Thoughts diverge, but rather flee. The former holiday in Provence and we strongly Canyon Verdon, loneliness in Native Son, fireplace in the house...

On the other side of the glacier to Uli Biaho blinking light. A head torch flashlights are greetings from the Russians. I answer and I fall asleep.

Allah Akbar ... Early in the morning, Martin still asleep, when I hear from the base base sunrise Takbir. I remember how, Aman said
we will pray for you ...
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Next day we are back on the upper headwall...
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18th of August we had our first and only rest day on the expedition, because the next day was the summit attack day.
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Initially we wanted to take on the challenge and climb the ridge to the main summit of Great Trango Tower, but reality soon checked our dreams. Summit day was the worst day on the route: windy snowstorm and frozen gear slowed us down and in the middle of the night we decided to finish at the point marked on our topo. Marcin was at the highest point of the last pitch, when I called him back. It was a very cold night and we definitely didn't have a chance of climbing to the main summit, but we are nevertheless happy with what was possible and with what we achieved. We rappelled back down to the portaledge after 24 hours of constant climbing. The raps were one of the biggest challenges in our mountain careers. The ropes were totally frozen and stiff; snow and hail covered all gear. We reached the portaledge extremely exhausted with two last ropes left. As a team, if you combine our trips to Polar Sun Spire and Great Trango Tower, we have spent over 50 days on a big wall, but that was the only night, that we just lay there in our sleeping bags, without having the energy to cook something to drink or eat.
The storm hit us completely by surprise. The morning was cold and foggy, but OK nevertheless. But that afternoon and the night were really bad, I should say horrible... Ironically, the day before we had very good weather and it turned beautiful again after our final stormy day. As I said before, climbing is always a game comprised of many factors and we need to respect nature and what she gives us.

The day after we rappelled to the Terraces
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..and in the next day, after 17 rapps, we reached the base of the wall and we met out friends: Aman and Abid who came with drinks and food. What was most important for us, they help us to carry down all our gear.
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Welcome dinner
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Eaten to the last piece of the food
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And the winners cake
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Yeti lead more, Yeti eats more...
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Next day morning Yeti's slackline exercise
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And Regan's
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Now is the time for change
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Everytime Yeti does a new route, he goes to the local barber shop...
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So I bought some Hunza carpet in Skardu in the last day before the trip to Islamabad
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Yes, we need to go via KKH (Karakoram Highway), because our flight was cancelled
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The road doesn't look like a highway, even on the best length
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The safety is another concern
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We had some super-assistant, but can you feel really safe next to guy with a gun...?
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We passed the NP area...
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Since the beginning of this year, we had for GTT project fantastic team of three : David Allfrey, Marcin and myself, but let to speak David:

After the attack on Nanga Parbat I spent over two weeks doing nothing but thinking about this and gathering information. When the last American group that I knew who was also heading to Pakistan decided to cancel, guys who had been multiple times, I was really scared. In the end I decided that I just couldn't put my family and friends through the stress of the unknown while I was off 'playing' in this place that everyone viewed as being so dangerous. I decided it was one thing to accept the risks of the mountains, but it was different to take on the risks of traveling to regions actively attacking mountaineers (for the first time ever) and being murdered by terrorists.

I was supposed to bring a lot of the gear, the portaledge, the dehydrated food (and a lot of other food). I put these guys in a tough place when I decided to back out, and I felt bad about that. It was a horribly hard decision.

That was the seven breaths decision for each of us...


Smiling kid in Askoli made our day
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Aman became our friend and he made this trip safe and funny. Thank you.
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Coming out of Askoli, the last village from which begins a three days trekking to the base camp, we had a sense of relief. Among the mountains we felt like at home, although it lasted only a moment, because just beyond the village we met guys with guns on arms. Aman immediately reassured us that these are the Pakistani army soldiers patrol at the time, but how can you believe if they were in ordinary clothes? We greeted each other, and they invited us for group photos. Then Aman asked them to postpone their guns, which pleased us more than posing in front of their phones. They started to laugh at us with their phones music. To be honest we did not like that music as they did, but step by step we started casually navigate their rhythm. Laugh, joy and enthusiasm that suddenly embraced us at a frantic dance shouting, laughing and jumping up and down ...
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The Porters were tough, proud and smiling
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Skardu Macciapata restaurant
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In Askoli Tea Shop
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Umbrella, ella, ella...
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We just had a deal of the week
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Back in the BC. Those two guys made out trip great. Thank you.
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In that day, Yeti asked me about my plans after the Bushido. I didn't have to count my breaths answering immediately:
I am going to the Valley...

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Special thanks for all our sponsors and simply for guys who support us in our crazy climbs:
Maria, Nathan, Piotr, Pawel, Rick, Grzegorz, Wojtek i Wspolnicy and our Families and Friends.

PZA (Polish Alpine Association)
Mountain Boot Company ( Grivel UK, Edelweiss UK)
Beyond Hope (Metolius UK)
Hi Mountain

Also thank you for perfect cooperation: North Pakistan Adventure ( Ishaq, Aman, Abid).
If you have any questions please email me or visit our websites:

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About the Author
Regan is a big wall climber from Poland.


Trad climber
Punter, Little Rock
  Sep 25, 2013 - 08:51pm PT
Good show! Thanks for the TR.
Bad Climber

Trad climber
The Lawless Border Regions
  Sep 25, 2013 - 08:55pm PT
Your assess are so freakin' bad.

Massive congrats! I'll never climb something like that, but it's great to be taken along for the ride. What an adventure.

Hugh of Lincoln

South Carolina
  Sep 25, 2013 - 09:00pm PT
Fantastic adventure. Thanks for sharing.
Ezra Ellis

Trad climber
North wet, and Da souf
  Sep 25, 2013 - 09:04pm PT
World class as always Marek!!!!
Thank you , we all live our dreams through your TRs!!!!!

Social climber
Lida Junction
  Sep 25, 2013 - 09:04pm PT
Great job, TFPU

  Sep 25, 2013 - 09:09pm PT
Regan reminds me so much of Charlie Porter .....

  Sep 25, 2013 - 09:10pm PT
Holy shnitzelfutz!!! Will have to go through that with more time. Congrats!!!!! Proud is an understatement of an understatement! What ever that means.



Trad climber
  Sep 25, 2013 - 09:16pm PT
Any average 5 minutes for you guys on that wall, and the whole process of getting there and back in one piece, would be a highlight epic life story of ultimate climbing adventure for me. You're the kings of casual and understated story-telling!
The Larry

  Sep 25, 2013 - 09:42pm PT
Hell yeah! Thanks for sharing your grand adventure!

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
  Sep 25, 2013 - 09:43pm PT
Great write up, great pictures, great TR!

Thank you!
David Knopp

Trad climber
  Sep 25, 2013 - 09:47pm PT
you guys are so consistently bad ass! Congrats on all your groovy trips!
lars johansen

Trad climber
West Marin, CA
  Sep 25, 2013 - 09:58pm PT
I've been looking forward to this report. Absolutely amazing! Thanks so much for posting.

wayne w

Trad climber
the nw
  Sep 25, 2013 - 10:14pm PT
Powerful, emotional, uplifting and very inspiring TR, Marek!

Great work on an incredible, unforgettable adventure!!

Trad climber
Montuckyian Via Canada Eh!
  Sep 25, 2013 - 10:28pm PT
You lads kicked some serious arse....What an adventure....Thanx for sharing it...........


Boulder climber
Salt Lake, UT
  Sep 25, 2013 - 10:41pm PT
Great trip report. You guys are getting out there and getting it done in a big way!

  Sep 25, 2013 - 10:46pm PT
You guys are pumped!! Way to get after it!!


Trad climber
mt. hood /baja
  Sep 25, 2013 - 11:05pm PT
Excellent TR ! wow

Gym climber
Minkler, CA
  Sep 25, 2013 - 11:27pm PT
Epic! Did you make a video with the gopro you were carrying? I'd love to see that too.

Thanks for sharing such a cool experience!

Big Wall climber
NW Atlanta, GA
  Sep 26, 2013 - 02:26am PT
Excellent photos, great story, looks like a ton of fun.

Hobart, Australia
  Sep 26, 2013 - 02:56am PT
Looks like a great adventure. Good one. Congratulations!!

cheers from the Trango club!

Trad climber
The pitch of Bagalaar above you
  Sep 26, 2013 - 12:08pm PT
Very good Report, perfect element for you two.

Thanks again for another high quality TR from your journey.


Trad climber
San Diego, CA
  Sep 26, 2013 - 12:29pm PT
True adventure! Fantastic write-up.

Social climber
Wilds of New Mexico
  Sep 26, 2013 - 12:40pm PT

Pakistan gas station and mini-mart:


Social climber
  Sep 26, 2013 - 12:40pm PT
Wow that was something. Thanks.

Trad climber
Save your a_s, reach for the brass...
  Sep 26, 2013 - 12:47pm PT
Wow. Incredible effort. Congrats!

Trad climber
SeKi, California
  Sep 26, 2013 - 12:58pm PT
When I see your name come out on a TR I know I'm going to go on a wild adventure that I may never imagine without you to bring me there! On the edge of the world we know, for sure. Thanks Regan for always the Best Trip Report!!!!

Sport climber
  Sep 26, 2013 - 01:46pm PT
Awesome... Once more the stuff dreams are made of... TFPU!
Ottawa Doug

Social climber
Ottawa, Canada
  Sep 26, 2013 - 03:13pm PT
Marek and Marcin,

Congrats on a huge route! Thanks also for the postcards. I got one when you started and one when you returned. Can't believe what you guys have accomplished yet again.


Trad climber
Washington DC
  Sep 26, 2013 - 03:30pm PT
Bad Ass

Trad climber
Sad the forum is gone =(
  Sep 26, 2013 - 03:34pm PT
Wow...just WOW...thank you for sharing this here =)

Trad climber
dancin on the tip of god's middle finger
  Sep 26, 2013 - 03:37pm PT
oi, kay i admit it,
im a worthless drunk
that cant make it past 8 am
without imbibing,
and my bountiful poursuits are
foiled by my enjoyable habit,
i could be achieving, otherwise.
like regan,

congratulations, boys,
on seeking, realizing, executing, enduring
and then reflecting upon
a hell of an accomplishment.

may the mountains continue to
fill your cup.

Big Wall climber
Crestline CA
  Sep 28, 2013 - 11:52pm PT
F*#kin A Man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
tom Carter

Social climber
  Sep 29, 2013 - 12:42am PT

Trad climber
The fake McCoy from nevernever land.
  Sep 29, 2013 - 01:30am PT

Big Wall climber
Ashland, Or
  Sep 29, 2013 - 01:44am PT
Great pics! Sick route!

Big Wall climber
Newbury Park
  Sep 29, 2013 - 01:49pm PT
Best TR in a long time. Thanks so much.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
  Sep 29, 2013 - 02:15pm PT
Proud Effort Guys!

Great looking route and superb TR!

Thanks for sharing your adventure with us!

  Sep 29, 2013 - 02:38pm PT

What a piece of rock. Mega, mega TR. cheers.

Trad climber
Central Valley, CA
  Sep 29, 2013 - 10:54pm PT

Trad climber
San Luis Obispo, CA
  Sep 29, 2013 - 11:51pm PT
so cool! that looks so gnarly!!!!!!!! bad ass!!!!!! good seeing you at the bridge in yosemite, have fun on chaos!!!!

Social climber
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  Sep 30, 2013 - 12:18am PT
Wow, just WOW. What a great adventure. Thanks for sharing Regan!

  Sep 30, 2013 - 11:55am PT
An awesome adventure. You guys kick serious ass. TFPU.
When I was younger I'd dream of nightmares like this now I think I just pooped myself a little. Thanks for sharing the Grand Life.

  Sep 30, 2013 - 12:12pm PT
I have to get busy but I will finish this read for sure! You are doing what most of us will only get to dream of.

Thanks most of all for something about actual climbing.

Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
  Sep 30, 2013 - 12:26pm PT
huge wall! nice job!
Karl Baba

Trad climber
Yosemite, Ca
  Sep 30, 2013 - 01:33pm PT
Fantastic! Great Attitudes! It's almost as if you weren't over 20,000 on an overhanging wall in the Himalaya in a storm!


Don Paul

Social climber
Washington DC
  Sep 30, 2013 - 03:58pm PT
Great story. Maybe someday if there is enough global warming I will head out there. Also would need to increase the air pressure though. I imagine hauling multiple bags at 20,000 ft is not easy to do.
Ottawa Doug

Social climber
Ottawa, Canada
  Sep 30, 2013 - 08:10pm PT
bump for the real deal!

Trad climber
New England
  Sep 30, 2013 - 10:46pm PT
Wow, what a dream climb. Congratulations!!

  Oct 1, 2013 - 01:43am PT
thanks for posting up. AWESOME TR
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
  Oct 1, 2013 - 03:44pm PT
Cant wait till I read the whole report...AWESOME so far. Thank you for including so much info..

Big Wall climber
Author's Reply  Oct 27, 2013 - 01:47pm PT
Hi folks,

Thanks for all congrats and comments. I just came back from the Valley and I found some video about our trip:

[Click to View YouTube Video]

Again, many thanks!


  Oct 25, 2013 - 12:00pm PT
holy sh#t. well done!! sweet tr as well, thanks for that.
good luck with whatever is next.
Dick Danger

Trad climber
Lakewood, Colorado
  Oct 25, 2013 - 12:28pm PT
BADASSERY fo sure! Well done fellas!

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
  Oct 25, 2013 - 01:41pm PT
Fantastic achievement and very entertaining writing! Dziękuję!!!

Trad climber
Santa Monica, California
  Oct 25, 2013 - 01:50pm PT
Missed this 1st time. Wow! Between this one and the Baffin trip, I'd vote your trips as the most hardcore TR's I've read in a long time....

beneath the valley of ultravegans
  Oct 25, 2013 - 02:06pm PT
Climbing ronin living ghetto creed: bushido walks, loaded gats talk.

Sport climber
The Big Wide Open Face
  Oct 25, 2013 - 02:16pm PT
My favorite trip report of all time! You guys are keeping the torch lit big time! Buenas!

Trad climber
The pitch of Bagalaar above you
  Oct 25, 2013 - 03:25pm PT
Great video regan!


Chopped cords and ereythang!
Andrew Barnes

Ice climber
Albany, NY
  Oct 25, 2013 - 11:54pm PT
Very impressive and great trip report. Truly inspirational.

Trad climber
Carson City, NV
  Oct 26, 2013 - 12:11am PT
Regan you are awesome!! Pure adventure plussssss!! Nicely done.

Great to see you in the valley - I trust Kaos was good!

  Feb 1, 2015 - 06:00am PT
good stuff
Spider Savage

Mountain climber
The shaggy fringe of Los Angeles
  May 6, 2015 - 07:56pm PT

Social climber
Ridgway, CO
  May 6, 2015 - 08:58pm PT

"Strong to the finish . . ."

YETI too!
Fat Dad

Trad climber
Los Angeles, CA
  May 6, 2015 - 08:37pm PT
How did I miss this?! As a teen on the Captain I dreamed of climbs like the Trango Tower as the final exam. Never happened but thanks for sharing your amazing adventures.

Social climber
joshua tree
  May 6, 2015 - 09:37pm PT
You lads made it look easy, and fun!! Good on Ya :-D
Delhi Dog

Good Question...
  May 6, 2015 - 09:47pm PT
Yeah I missed this too-thanks for bumping it!

Great adventure and TR once again.
Love it!

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
  May 7, 2015 - 06:34am PT

Wow!! A real TR, instead of a link to someones blog!

TR of the year award, even though it was a couple years ago!!

Trad climber
  May 8, 2015 - 01:52pm PT
Missed this earlier - thanks for the bump.

Outstanding and inspirational adventure and TR!
Larry Nelson

Social climber
  May 31, 2016 - 07:12pm PT
Bump for a great TR.
This is badazz

Trad climber
Ontario, Canada
  May 31, 2016 - 07:24pm PT
Just saw this for the first time. Holeee sh#t...amazing!

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
  May 31, 2016 - 08:54pm PT
Larry thanks for bumping this and of course thanks to the OPs: YOU ROCK!!!

And be still my heart:
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
  Dec 15, 2018 - 12:20pm PT
Grade VII Bump...

right here, right now
  Dec 15, 2018 - 01:30pm PT

I like your words. Not too many and telling us only the important things. At times, also poetic.
The Jim Jarmusch reference was a great opener!
Jim Clipper

  Dec 15, 2018 - 02:50pm PT
3 cheers!!! Thanks for sharing a bit of a way I'll never go. A playground for the immortalish. FYI: Some of those smiles are way up/out there.

edit: good style... 21 bolts, 8 rivets? Not bad if you don't drop your kit? I definitely not one to judge.

Social climber
Ridgway, CO
  Dec 15, 2018 - 03:09pm PT
Alpinist 64 - Marek Raganowicz "The Secret of Silence" . . . check it out.

Sport climber
The Big Wide Open Face
  Dec 15, 2018 - 08:22pm PT

Trad climber
Sierra Vista
  Dec 16, 2018 - 09:19am PT
Outstanding work!