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Moonrise over Moses

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By Olaf Mitchell
From: Paia, Maui, Hi,
Oct 12, 2008

This image brings back the memory of the time that Steve Morris and I hung our ropes while rapping down "Pale Fire" at dusk.
I volunteered to climb back to the summit and fix the problem and Steve agreed to lead the rest of the decent.
I had to use some unique techniques to protect this unbelayed pitch. A little free, a little aid you know the drill.
I made it back to the summit and fixed the problem as a magnificent full moon was rising over the horizon. The entire desert was instantly illuminated. That is except for the face that we were descending. I will never forget silhouette of Moses Tower stretching across the expanse of Taylor Canyon.
By the time I arrived back at the ledge it was so dark that I couldn’t see the hand in front of your face. Every thing had to be done by feel
Steve set the next two rappels in total darkness. How he found those anchors I will never know.
While having breakfast at the Moab Diner the next day. Steve was asked what we had climbed on this trip. His reply was,”well let’s see, we did Moses last night.”

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Moonrise over Moses

Submitted By: Stefan Griebel on Jan 19, 2006