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first ascent [TR] Mt Stuart - FA: King Kong - Gorillas in the Mist Direct Direct 9/9/2016

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Trip: Mt Stuart - FA: King Kong - Gorillas in the Mist Direct Direct

 

Date: 9/9/2016

 

Trip Report:

On September 9th I completed a long-term project on the West Face Wall of Mt Stuart: King Kong, AKA Gorillas in the Mist Direct Direct AKA The Joe Puryear Memorial Route

 

- 11d, 900ft.

 

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It took multiple attempts over many years and is my most meaningful first ascent to date. This climb was a tribute to fallen alpinist Joe Puryear who died in Tibet in 2010.

 

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A lengthy trip report can be found on my blog which recounts not only this ascent but the first ascents of Gorillas in The Mist, Gorillas Direct, and my many failures/attempts in between:

 

Sol Wertkin Blog

 

 

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Yeah Sol! That's really impressive and a great tribute to a fallen friend. Although you're really making it tough for those of us that use young kids as an excuse to not get after it!

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Sweet! The camp where I worked as a counselor many moons ago had the motto: Courage, Perseverance, Loyalty. You're showing them here.

 

Oh, and Moon Boards are aid!!

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awwww, why can't dian fossey get added into the memorial? :)

 

congrats on adding to an already amazing mountain :rawk:

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awwww, why can't dian fossey get added into the memorial? :)

 

congrats on adding to an already amazing mountain :rawk:

 

Thanks Ivan! I had to google Dian Fossey, LOL that's funny!

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