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Morris and Exum Mountain Guide Jim Williams continued on, climbing the Grand Tetons in 16 hours. It was Brown’s first time on the peak.

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Climbing with fear-based confidence

Gripping the knife-like edge tightly some 13,000 feet above the valley of Jackson Hole, Morris Brown was in a predicament he had promised himself 15 years earlier he would never be in again. His slick shoes scraping at the sheer face, Morris knew any misstep would likely cause him to plummet to his death. The words “a moderate, enjoyable climb on largely excellent rock” from a Grand Teton guidebook he had picked up sometime earlier rang through his mind — what did they know?

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