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scott_harpell

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was on D-H yesterday and saw a plaque on a prominent ledge to the right (facing the rock) what is it? i think it was even with the top of the second pitch of D-H confused.gif

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I disagree that it's Madsen. I stood on that ledge a couple weeks ago (Smoker's Ledge??) it's a plaque to someone I had never heard of who died in his early 20's back in the 70's.

 

A plaque to Madsen exists on that nice ledge above the Saint Vitus Dance area of the Apron. It has the following epitaph....

 

"Possessed of an unearthly fire, quenched by an early death"

 

Seems somewhat appropriate today.

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I beg your pardon Mr Berdinka, you are demonstrably WRONG! boxing_smiley.gif The plaques on Memorial Ledge are for 1) Jim Baldwin (w/ quote you mention), 2)Andy "Big guns" Burnham and 3) Grace Wong.

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Plaque can spread and should be removed before it becomes a really bad problem. Does anyone know a dental hygienist that climbs, or can at least jug, or with nice jugs and a good attitude.

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Retrosaurus said:

Plaque can spread and should be removed before it becomes a really bad problem. Does anyone know a dental hygienist that climbs, or can at least jug, or with nice jugs and a good attitude.

i hear tom michaels has some good looking jugs at his dental office. shocked.gifcool.gifevils3d.gif

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That plaque was installed on a ledge near the top of the second pitch of the Becky route by myself and several friends in 1971. The plaque was a memorial to our friend, Marc Emerson, who died trying to free the "Northwinds" route on Castle rock in 1970.

 

Instead of tying in directly to his harness (1" webbing wrapped several times around his waist) he had clipped a biner to his harness and clipped into that with a figure 8 knot which came unclipped after he had fallen and was being lowered past an overhang. He fell 120' to the ground. He was (we were) 16 years old at the time.

 

Of all of us that later became dirtbag derelict climbers of the 70's venturing around the world persuing our climbing needs, Marc was by far the most normal with the brightest future ahead of him.

 

Let this be a lesson about knot safety and rope management. Although I came extremely close many times in the next 30 years of climbing, to dying an ignominious death in the mountains, I never forgot the lesson about tying in directly to my harness.

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