Half Dome and Desert Spires Collections Online
Jerry Gallwas was, with Royal Robbins and Mike Sherrick, the first to complete a Grade VI route in the United States: Half-Dome’s Regular Northwest Face (VI 5.9 A1 or 5.12). Jerry recently provided the AAC with a thorough multimedia compendium of the momentous climb. The report contains personal accounts from Jerry along with original photographs, newspaper articles, postcards sent between climbers, and more. For those interested in the early history of American climbing, the digital collection offers a fascinating perspective—told by the participants and their contemporaries. You can now enjoy the PDF at your leisure through the AAC Library: Half Dome: First Ascent of the Northwest Face.
Gallwas, inspired by Steve “Crusher” Bartlett, also pulled together another report detailing several first ascents of iconic desert spires like Canyon de Chelley’s Spider Rock. That information also is available for viewing: Desert Spires: Spider Rock, Cleopatra’s Needle, Totem Pole Climbing Pictures with Original Articles and Selected Reading.
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