Historical Collections

Jerry Gallwas’s Half Dome Northwest Face and Desert Spires collections

Jerry Gallwas was, with Royal Robbins and Mike Sherrick, the first to complete a Grade VI route in the United States: Half-Dome’s Regular Northwest Face (VI 5.9 A1 or 5.12). Jerry recently provided the AAC with a thorough multimedia compendium of the momentous climb. The report contains personal accounts from Jerry along with original photographs, newspaper articles, postcards sent between climbers, and more. For those interested in the early history of American climbing, the digital collection offers a fascinating perspective—told by the participants and their contemporaries. Half Dome: First Ascent of the Northwest Face. Click the image below to view the document full screen or download it.

The Desert Spires Collection

The volume published below pulls together a set of articles and photographs detailing several first ascents of iconic desert spires including Canyon de Chelley’s Spider Rock. Desert Spires: Spider Rock, Cleopatra’s Needle, Totem Pole Climbing Pictures with Original Articles and Selected Reading can be read by clicking the image below, where you can view the document full screen or download it.

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