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United States, Wyoming: Southern Wind River Range

Wyoming: Southern Wind River Range. Late in June 1948 Ralph Widrig, Fred Beckey, Graham Matthews and Harry King hiked from Big Sandy Opening to a base camp at Shadow Lake. Heavy snow, freshly fallen, stalled climbing; but on the 27th Widrig and King made the first ascent of the granitic 11,500-ft. Overhanging Tower, climbing a route on the 800-ft. S.W. face that required pitons for both protection and aid. Having been stopped by verglas on the seemingly more promising N.W. face, they descended to steeper but drier granite to the S. and climbed to the summit in four hours.

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