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Why Do We Do The Things We Do?

For years I had studied the tempting bench high above the East Fork of the San Gabriel River. A beautiful 20-foot vertical wall of encrusted boulders, cobbles and gravels beckoned to me 100 to 150 yards up a steep slope from the river bed. They were all very promising material. The kind of rounded curves that can charm so well, and tease a grown man into risking life and limb. So, on that nearly fatal day in May, I packed a spiral wheel...

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