22, 1999 - Day 4
a slow, rough start the guys are off and running, so to speak!
Mike is feeling much better and the energy is flowing. Mike and
Mark completed three pitches today totaling roughly 350 vertical
feet. Balky equipment slowed the morning takeoff, but the pace
increased by late afternoon.
guys are happy with today's accomplishments and look forward to
their climb tomorrow. Today's climb brought them to the top of
the Dolt Tower, a prominent ledge of beautifully sculpted granite
about a third of the way up the wall. In skyscraper terms, they
are now 100 stories above street level.
and Mike want their friends to know that the old schedule is history.
The grinding traverses and broken slab terrain on the first 1500
feet of the climb are particularly tough going for a paraplegic.
That's one of the reasons they chose this route, to present a
real challenge. Climbing is not a race, it's a journey. It's over
when you get to the top, so you may as well enjoy the passage.