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January 15, 2015


Dave Brash

Hi Bill

The Dawn Wall mediafest (and continual reference to this as the first free climb of El Cap) reminded me of the real first free ascent and your part in it. Great to see your take on it here, how times have changed! - although there are similarities to the frenzy accompanying Harding's siege and eventual top out on the Nose.

Invariably, the only times climbing gains a mention in the media here in NZ is when there is a fatality, which has been happening recently with depressing regularity - 5 on Aoraki alone this summer. However, mention of the Dawn Wall even made it onto the news here.


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