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Comment by Martin Hunley on February 6, 2012 at 11:36pm

Great job on the manway, John.

Comment by Gregg Bostick on January 30, 2012 at 10:39pm

Love the music. Unbelievable ascent time.

Comment by Joey Bridges on January 19, 2012 at 7:27am

yeah, there's something about getting back in those old manways and offtrail routes that tends to kick up your hiking intensity.

Comment by Dee Murphy on January 19, 2012 at 7:18am

A video I was glad to see - thanks - I am envious you could do this in such a short period of time - super fit.


Comment by Myers Morton on January 13, 2012 at 7:34pm


Comment by Mike Maples on January 5, 2012 at 5:35pm

John, I was just kidding about going down. I know going down any mountain (Cat Stairs, etc.) is hard.

Comment by John Quillen on January 5, 2012 at 1:42pm


Going down is more dangerous than the ascent, as is the case in most mountaineering adventures.  When Joey and I dropped back from the Sawteeth, the sun had departed leaving us to stair step the creek bed which was slicker than the valdez spill.  That video is two years old, when we were there last in October, the trail was a little more overgrown.

Comment by Joey Bridges on January 4, 2012 at 1:19pm

we did that route right at the end of the fall color season. i thought the entire route was rather open and easy to follow sight wise, up until it started to get steep. from that point we chose a route that turned out to be just a bit to the east of the actual manway. we discovered that as we descended back down a series of tight narrow switchbacks that John had talked about on our way up. where we got off route was right at the bottom of those.
and for my tastes, it was much more fun to go up than down, though it was a great technical challenge in both directions.

Comment by Mike Maples on January 4, 2012 at 12:22pm

Nice video of the manway. Looks like someone has been doing some clearing of the trail. I rather go down it, then up, lol.

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