Before giving up there was one more ledge that I thought I could reach by putting my right hand on a
handhold just as high as I could reach and then swinging up and putting my left hand there too and catching
the ledge off to the right with my heel. I was just set to do that. I was about six feet above Colby, who
was standing on a ledge beneath me, while Price was off to one side when I felt a crack just coming just
about at my waistline. I reacted instantly forcing my whole left side into a crevice of the rock and holding
this big rock in place to keep it from falling. I finally persuaded Colby to get out from beneath and let the
rock go. It landed right where he had been. It must have weighed several hundred pounds. I was shivering and
shaking and my mouth tasted all copper and I was just about ready to fall off when I said to myself, I've
never heard of anyone just letting go and falling off a mountain, and I'm not going to be the first one.
I pulled myself together, stopped shivering, and came down literally on my fingertips and toes until Colby
could reach me and drag me off to one side onto a broad ledge.
-- Francis Farquhar, 1912
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Leonard Daughenbaugh has been backpacking, mountaineering, and rock climbing in the Sierra Nevada since 1955.
He has coordinated high school wilderness, mountaineering, and rock climbing programs in the Sierra for several
northern California high school districts and for the University of California, Santa Cruz, and Cerro Coso
Community College in Bishop, California since 1975. After moving to Bishop in 1989, he joined the Inyo County
Search and Rescue Team, and has completed over two hundred missions, virtually all of them in the Sierra.
His service has included stints as captain/president, board member, and training officer, as well as the honor
of the team's Captain's Award and the Mountain Rescue Association's Conspicuous Dedication to Service Award.
He has published several magazine articles in the Forum, the Mountain Rescue Association's journal, and two
articles on Sierra Nevada history, one in Mountain magazine and the other in the California Historical Society
Journal. Books on Sierra Mountaineering and the Sierra Crest Route are projects presently in progress. His other
hobbies include flying, SCUBA diving, photography, and gardening. He is presently a retired high school teacher
who spent his career working with at-risk young people.
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