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Jack Durrance (actually died late 2003)

January 19 2004 at 7:01 PM
WingLady  (no login)

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I just found out that Jack Durrance passed away last month. Durrance was best known for his dramatic rescue climb of Devil's Tower (the "Durrance" route is one of the most famous climbs of the tower -- I've climbed it twice) and a controversial and failed attempt to climb K2 in 1939 with Fritz Wiessner.

Jack and his famous skiing brother, Dick, were some of the earliest "extreme" skiers, descending difficult gullys in Tuckerman's Ravine.

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