By contrast, the first of the Colorado climbers came to the same desert, intent on finding new towers to climb. Castleton Tower, North Six-shooter, Sentinel Spire: there was an explosion of new climbs.
Huntley Ingalls: The Colorado Plateau
Huntley Ingalls: Castleton Tower
Layton Kor: The Best of the West
Fisher Towers: The most sensational of the early 1960s climbs was the first ascent of the Titan. This was a huge breakthrough. If such a monstrously rotten, enormous, terrifying formation could be scaled, anything was possible. This chapter describes the first ascents of the big Fisher Towers: Titan, Kingfisher, Echo Tower, Cottontail and Oracle.
Huntley Ingalls: The Finger of Fate
Harvey Carter: Kingfisher
Harvey Carter is a Colorado original; stubborn, strong, a dedicated climber for sixty years. Among the thousands of first ascents he has done are some of the finest routes in the desert. This chapter celebrates his life and achievements.
Chapter 9. The first ascent of Standing Rock. This tower, absurdly skinny and rotten, set a new standard for just what could safely be climbed.
Steve Komito: Standing Rock
The Go-Go Years. Throught the late 1960s and into the 1970s, a small handful of climbers, Kor, Carter, Fred Beckey, Eric Bjornstad, George Hurley, and few others, had the entire desert to themselves. While the climbing world elsewhere focused on ever-harder free-climbing standards, the desert became a half-forgotten backwater. For those who relished desert first ascents, there was near-unlimited scope for new climbs.
Eric Bjornstad: The Rest of the Story (The Middle Sister)