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North America, United States, Wyoming–Wind River Range, Pronghorn, East Face

Pronghorn, East Face. This impressive face, near Middle Fork Lake, continues to be elusive. The classic route appears to be near midface, close to vertical for a full 1,100 feet; some of the cracks appear to have loose flakes, others are seamed. Layton Kor, Dave Beckstead and I climbed a pitch (possibly more) in the 1960s and this summer, Jim Nelson, John Stoddard and I started up what we thought was a different route; Nelson and Stoddard climbed two pitches, ending with bolt placements when cracks failed. Two pitons discovered on the route may have been Kor’s or left from an unknown attempt. The route remains unclimbed.

Fred Beckey