Dave Mention

Self Portrait

My flickr contact Dave Mention posted a nice self-portrait taken with his Fuji X100T.

The reason I’m posting this (besides it being a nice image) is because Dave is someone I climbed with at Smith Rocks, Oregon in the 1970’s. He and I did what was then a tough mixed free and aid route on Monkey Face called the Northwest Passage which started on the north face and halfway up went around the corner and finished on the west face and over the back of the head, then the fun free rappel off the nose.

Both of us went our separate ways after a few climbs together at Smith and I never heard anything about him until recently when I found him by accident up on Flickr. This is over 35 years later!

I have scanned images of other climbs I did at Smith in those days but not this one I did with Dave. Those were some fun times.

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