Tower Climbing, Baby!
“I unclipped the hot belay device from my harness. I looked over at Conor, smiled, and announced, ‘this is the best part of my day, so far’!“ writes Jen Altschul. “For a moment, a smile of pure joy spread across his face–which, just as quickly, flipped into disappointment as he realized that I was talking about being back on the ground.”
The first time Jen tried to climb a desert tower, her and her partner bailed after the third pitch and returned the guidebook. Today, we bring you a story of abrasions, frustrations, failure and an eventual, unlikely love for the peculiar formations of the desert southwest.