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August 23, 2010 – Walsh and Slawinski Blast Seventh Rifle

Climbing with minimal gear, the team of Jon Walsh and Raphael Slawinski bagged a 19-hour roundtrip ascent of Seventh Rifle VI 5.11- on the west face of North Howser.

Climbing with minimal gear, the team of Jon Walsh and Raphael Slawinski bagged a 19-hour roundtrip ascent of Seventh Rifle VI  5.11- on the west face of North Howser. The pair started from their camp in Applebee before sunrise and arrived at the base of the route in five hours. After 11 hours of climbing,

Walsh and Slawinski reached the summit and celebrated by lighting firecrackers that Walsh had brought along for the occasion. The pair then turned their attention the descent, which they completed in three hours, arriving at their basecamp by 11p.m.

Seventh Rifle was originally climbed in 1971 by Chris Jones, Tony Qamar, and Galen Rowell at VI 5.9 A2 and eventually freed in 2006 by Ulysse Richard and Manuel Quiroga.

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