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TThese photos were taked during an early (1982) free ascent of Lotus Flower Tower - one ot the '50 Classic Climbs of North America', and generally acknowledged to be among the finest climbs in the world. The Tower is situated in the Cirque of the Unclimbables, a remote area in the North West Territories of Canada, approached either by float plane and the talus slope from Hell or, as we did, by a chartered helicopter from an adjacent Tungsten mine right to the campsite. George Bell's website has much valuable historic and current information on the Cirque, and on LFT in particular. ower Tower

Lotus Flower Tower, NWT

The easy way to Cirque of the Unclimbables

Cirque of the Unclimbables

Mt. Proboscis, Cirque of the Unclimbables

East to the Nahanni valley

Moonrise over Nahanni

John deMontjoy Bouldering

Lotus Flower, the 1st 1000ft.

Lotus Flower, pitch 1

Looking up to the crux off width on pitch 2

Rainbow from pitch 5

Louise on the bivouac ledge

Early morning after bivouac

Lotus Flower, the top 1000ft.

Upupper face, ski tracks and the two overhangs

The Ski tracks, 2nd pitch above the ledge

Three pitches above the ledge

Upper face with I.P. (circled)

The easy first overhang

Below the crux overhang

Jumaring past the crux overhang

Approaching strom from-near top of
Lotus Flower

After rappeling 2000ft in storm

The ride home arrives


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