Jim Donini in Patagonia and Alaska
From the Enduring Patagonia years, here’s a run of pictures of one of the best friends and climbing partners I’ve ever had. (Still have, on both counts, thank God, which is no small accomplishment, from several perspectives.) Damn, we’ve had some fun together, and, astonishingly, the old reprobate is still grinding, climbing hard on the eve of his 70th birthday.
That is not a misprint.
Jim always was a hell of a lot of fun to write about; check out Enduring Patagonia if you haven’t read it — Jim’s one of the main characters in it.
Jim Donini on Cerro Torre in 1996
Donini approaching the north face of Aguja Poincenot, 1996
Approaching the north face of Aguja Poincenot in Patagonia
Halfway up the Old Smuggler’s Route
The Old Reprobate after The Old Smuggler’s Route
Jim Donini on top of A Fine Piece
Donini is in that pile somewhere… hitchhiking out on the steppe… we were at this spot for 6 or 8 hours. Happily, the first car picked us up. And holy mother of God, was it ever windy….
Your lead, kid. (The Bourbon Bottle Route, Ruth Gorge, AK, 1996. Amazingly, I still use some of that gear.)
Tent time in the Kichatna Spires of the Alaska Range
Relocating basecamp on the Cul-de-Sac Glacier in the Kichatna Spires
I’ve got dozens of slides of Jim on climbs in Alaska and Patagonia that have never been digitized. One of these days I’ll get around to doing that.
We haven’t climbed together near enough since I got swept into the China’s Wings project, but there’s hope for this spring…
[EDIT: Just added the Bourbon Bottle pic from a scan posted in the Donini appreciation thread currently going on Supertopo.com]
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