“A Day in the Climb” is a smattering of photos made to convey the trials, tribulations, and ecstasies of a day spent on, or in hopes of getting on, a beautiful line established vertically in rock.
This "A Day in the Climb" comes from an epic adventure on June 2, 2018 with Garrett Woolley in Moab, Utah. We managed to summit and descend two classic desert towers, Castleton Tower and Ancient Art, with time enough to make lunch, bathe in the river, get a beer at Moab Brewery, and drive home to our wives before nightfall.
I brought my trusty, yet battered, Minolta X-9 along for the summits along with a roll of Kodak Portra 800 and Fujichrome Provia 100. I planned on shooting the more sensitive 800 ISO Kodak Portra on our summit of Castleton Tower since we would be starting at five in the morning and have little light for our first summit. Then, I would use the hungry-for-light Fujichrome slide film on our summit of Ancient Art since we would be approaching and climbing the tower in the unrelenting, scorching sun.
Unfortunately somewhere late in our adventure, which I began to call "The Fellowship of the Climb: The Two Towers", I lost the spent roll of Kodak Portra that recorded our summit of Castleton Tower. It still makes me sick to think about. I imagine it always will. Such are the vicissitudes of analog photography.
So this "A Day in the Climb" begins in media res. Our visualized adventure begins after we ran down the approach from Castleton Tower to begin the short drive over to the Fisher Towers and claim our second tower of the day - Ancient Art.
Check out the Mountain Project page for the route "Stolen Chimney" the route that took us up Ancient Art.