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Slideshow: A Busy Season in the Revelations


Vonk climbs below the chockstone on the Dike. [Photo] courtesy of Ian Welsted

"The climb [on the Dike] went without a hitch as we had the Rockies Ice Specialist Kris Irwin to lead two thin WI5 pitches, thus opening the passage to the moderate upper mountain," Welsted explained. "A dreamy line of single-swing neve led us to a huge gully which followed the dike the peak is named for. With two routes down, we figured we were ready for our main objective, the unclimbed central gully on Pyramid Peak whose 1500-meter face had drawn us to the range in the first place."

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Thanks for your close attention, Steve! You are correct—the Angel was first climbed by Greg Collins and Tom Walter who authored several climbs at the head of the Revelations Glacier in 1985. Their ascent followed the southeast buttress and went unreported for several years. For more on the history of the Angel, click here: —Ed.

2014-06-30 17:21:01
Steve Gruhn

Not to take anything away from the accomplishments of Kris Irwin, Darren Vonk, and Ian Welsted, but "previously unclimbed 9265-foot" The Angel was first climbed in 1985 by Greg Collins and Tom Walter. Rumors of a 1986 ascent persist. Clint Helander and Ben Trocki climbed The Angel on April 3, 2012, and Scott Bennett and Graham Zimmerman reached the summit in the summer of 2013.

2014-06-27 10:18:00
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