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Chris Gmitro, enjoying a nice rest before the final moves.
Paul Shilton embracing the insecure liebacking of Mother of Pearl.
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Merril Bitter leading during the first ascent in 1983. Photo, Gail Ellison.
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By glen kaplan
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Dec 11, 2011

saweet! crazy crazy i was just graduating...from kindergarten! :)

i wish i coulda climbed that stuff before the fall... :)

old reliable that obvious crack coming up into the same alcove?

By drewford
From: Wasatch Back, UT
Jan 28, 2012

Great historical shot Brian. Interesting that Brett is belaying from beneath Badlands. Big run out! Merril was looking at a big swing off the hard barn-door start of MOP.

Crazy that everything behind Brett's back and butt is gone!

By bsmoot
Jan 29, 2012

Thanks guys, Old Reliable was a great climb. I remember watching Mark Rolofson take a 25' plunge off the crux.

By Zac Robinson
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Mar 28, 2012

wow, that was when I was born. and I am still terrified of Merril's routes...

By kalockwood
From: SLC, UT
Jun 5, 2014

I was looking through old photos with Les Ellison recently and came across the original slide for this one. Les is belaying and the photo was taken by Gail Ellison.

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Merril Bitter leading during the first ascent in 1983. Photo, Gail Ellison.

Submitted By: bsmoot on Dec 5, 2011
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Mother of Pearl (5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a )
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