National Geographic : 1963 Oct
all this time thought I was completely crazy. He just looked at me and shook his head and threw up his hands and didn't know where on earth I was going. I think he thought I was going to end it all right there. "I got to the end of the rope and I realized that I had made a very foolish mistake, and I had to grind my way back up this 75 feet 482 which, at this elevation, is kind of tough." With Lute back on the South Summit, we gird for the crucial assault. He leads the way down the nasty wall. With our goal so close, we move more rapidly now. Lute negotiates Hillary's Chimney-an upward cleft in the rock face-in beautiful style by climbing out halfway up and flanking it from the left.