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Ivan Couch drilling on the first ascent, pitch 1.
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By Jared Moore
From: Tahoma, CA
May 1, 2014

What is happening in this photo? Where's his harness? Is there a rope?

By Choncho
Jun 30, 2014

He's wearing a swami and the rope is barely visible.

By dnaiscool
Aug 12, 2014

Ivan was THE Man...Swami belt, no chalk, hand drilling on lead into unknown terrain, looks like a pair of RD boots, which edged like mad...and he has a blow tube on the ready in his mouth to clean out that 1/4 inch hole he is making. Red-headed, short, wiry and powerful, the unheralded Mike Dent (his partner on this FA) and I used to boulder at Stoney Point, and Mike would spend a lot of time doing "Hands Free" things on Rock 2. Mike had a sense of balance that I'd never seen before...or since. Mike also wore those brown leather RD boots.
Of note here is that massive photos of Ivan on this route once graced the walls of "The Chart House" restaurant in Idylwild, and those who could afford it got a chance to see these giant images...in all their glory...BITD.

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Ivan Couch drilling on the first ascent, pitch 1.

Submitted By: Bob Gaines on Jan 12, 2010
On this route:
Valhalla (5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c )
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