The First American Ascent of the Grépon. Does anyone know who made it? The earliest records available are curiously associated with a single surname. The editor has found nothing earlier than the traverses of Joseph Cooke Smith (1863-1942), undated but probably in the ’90s; Oliver Perry-Smith in 1909 (A. J. 25, 168), and J. Duke Smith (d. 1942) in the same year.