American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Sierra Club of California

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  • Publication Year: 1959

Sierra Club of California. Yosemite Valley was the scene of what was certainly the outstanding rock climb of 1958. On November 12 Warren Harding, George Whitmore, and Wayne Merry completed the longest tension climb of all time by scaling the vertical 3600-foot south face of El Capitan (6750 ft.). The final push of this climb, which required 13 days of continuous climbing and bivouacking, climaxed a year and a half of off-and-on activity. (See article in this Journal.)

Other club members ventured to British Columbia, the Tetons, and South America, as well as to other more conventional climbing-areas in and around California.

Richard C. Houston

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