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climb there. The team started out as Luke Hol­loway, Car­men Cross John­son, Colleen Weeks and I for the boat­ing of the Lit­tle Na­hanni and hik­ing to the Cirque. Pat Good­man met us at the Cirque when the girls f lew out. Dur­ing the first week, we climbed the clas­sic Lo­tus Flower Tower’s 18- pitch South­west Face 5.10+. We got on Rid­ers on the Storm, but didn’t sum­mit and climbed some new ter­rain that didn’t lead any­where. Then, we set in on the real ob­jec­tive: to free climb some­thing new. We headed next door to the Lo­tus Flower Tower and started in on its sis­ter tower, Tara Tower, which was named by Carl Aus­trom

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