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Climbing in the Sandias, 1972
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Dec 7, 2011
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).

Rock Climbing Photo: Cover, May 1972
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.

Rock Climbing Photo: Photo credit: Jack Kutz
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?
Chris Wenker
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Dec 8, 2011
sweet, thanks for posting. ian watson
From Albuquerque, NM
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Dec 9, 2011
That's about when I made my first visit to climb in the Sandias. Nice article. Woodchuck ATC
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Dec 9, 2011
Thanks for the history, old skool hardman shot! Nick Dolecek
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Dec 16, 2011
Crackin. I bet the shield is almost as adventuresome now as it was then. David MacKenzie
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Dec 16, 2011
Sweet. Thanks for posting that. J. Albers
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Dec 16, 2011
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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