American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

North America, United States, New Hampshire, Mount Washington, Pinnacle Gully

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  • Publication Year: 1970

Mount Washington, Pinnacle Gully. On February 1, 1970 a most beautiful winter day, I was privileged to partake of what most climbers, thirty years ago, would have declared impossible, and what even today is improbable. Jim McCarthy, with myself as second, and in the reassuring company of Rob Wallace, led the entire Pinnacle Gully without cutting a single step. The climb was well secured with ice screws and various pitons; but the application of new techniques and equipment, plus a favorable build-up of ice was all that was necessary. The elapsed time was appropriately reduced as well, and we were back at the car at Pinkham Notch well before sundown.

William Lowell Putnam

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