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Climbing in the Sandias, 1972


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Chris Wenker · · Santa Fe · Joined Dec 2007 · Points: 1,845

Here's kind of a neat historical find:
In the May, 1972 issue of New Mexico magazine is an article about the Sandias titled "The Matchless Mountains" by Tom Smylie with Ruth Armstrong (pp. 17-32).

Cover, May 1972

Although climbing is not specifically mentioned in the article, on page 22 is a picture of an unnamed climber, pounding out some iron.

Photo credit: Jack Kutz

The patch on his sleeve is clearly that of the New Mexico Mountain Club.
The photo is credited to Jack Kutz. In the mid to late 1960's, Jack and LaDonna Kutz were among those who were putting up first ascents.
Does anyone know if this is a picture of Jack himself? Or maybe it's his partner. Can anyone ID the route?

ian watson · · Albuquerque, NM · Joined Apr 2010 · Points: 235

sweet, thanks for posting.

Woodchuck ATC · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Nov 2007 · Points: 3,110

That's about when I made my first visit to climb in the Sandias. Nice article.

Nick Dolecek · · Denver, Colorado · Joined Jan 2007 · Points: 0

Thanks for the history, old skool hardman shot!

David MacKenzie · · Albuquerque · Joined Nov 2011 · Points: 25

Crackin. I bet the shield is almost as adventuresome now as it was then.

J. Albers · · Colorado · Joined Jul 2008 · Points: 1,791

Sweet. Thanks for posting that.

Paul Davidson · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jan 2007 · Points: 605

Very nice...
I've always found the Shield to be quite the adventure. Can't say I like the rock all that much, seems to me it's sitting smack on a fault zone but it is unique and oh so cool to top out on those things and there are certainly plenty of decent and doable climbs as well as the total hardman lead for those interested.

Thanks for the post Chris.

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