Hiking and Climbing in the United States
I climbed in the Shawangunks for more than half my life. I enjoyed the shock of tactile recognition that sometimes comes in returning to a climb that I first climbed many years before (leading the last pitches of Beginner's Delight in 1969 (HB_20, photo by Henri M. Guéron) and 1998 (HI_10, photo by David Schaible); of Andrew in 1976 (G_07, photo by Doug Howard) and 2004 (SY_04, photo by David Schaible)). Unfortunately, my rock-climbing years are probably over for good, since most of the interphalangeal motion of my right index finger is gone (for how that came about, see here).
G_07 HB_20 HI_10 SY_04
I've taken three backpacking trips through the recesses of Zion National Park (DD_13, DE_02, and DF_12 in the Virgin River Gorge; DK_07 in the trailless northwest corner of the Park), and it still has major canyon systems I've never visited.
DD_13 DE_02 DF_12 DK_07
With Dave Coffey (at Seneca Rocks, WV in FX_08), a frequent climbing partner, I climbed the East Face of Mount Whitney in 1992. We were too busy climbing to get many good pictures after the first pitch (Dave on the Tower Traverse, DN_10), but our high camp gave us a nice view of Iceberg Lake and Mount Russell (DN_08).
DN_08 DN_10 FX_08
The picture just below Glacier Meadows in Olympic National Park (E_07) was taken in 1975, on my first trip to Mount Olympus. I returned to Olympus last year (2000) for a 25th-anniversary re-ascent with Dave Coffey, and the Hoh River Trail was as pleasant and as long as ever (JX_19). The weather closed in shortly after we got to Glacier Meadows, and we were lucky to have got a good look at the mountain (JX_14) before it was time to pack out.
Images on this page ©1975, 1990, 1992, 1996, and 2000 by Robert R. Fenichel
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