Conquering the Washington Monument

This is a note to let you know what’s new on 

First, I’ve added another section to the story “Compatibility” under WRITING A STORY. This is a short story I’m writing with commentary on the writing process along the way. Feel free to comment (bottom of this post) and I’ll post appropriate comments with the story.

Second, I’m starting to put some of the stories I published forty years ago up on the blog. The first of these is there, “The Conquest of the Washington Monument” written by an avid monument climber. You’ll find it under STORY ARCHIVES. Here is its first paragraph.

Among technical monument climbers the ascent of the Washington Monument has always been recognized as the penultimate challenge in sheer purity of execution. The monument offers a straight 555 foot Class 7 climb on a hard marble face with artificial aids for direct assistance required all the way. As it has never been scaled, I have long cherished the thought of attacking the monument. I had studied the records of the ill-fated Harkins expedition (See Washington police blotter May 7th 1971) who were forced to turn back at the 42 foot mark on The North Face. Their failure, I felt, was due to their negligence in not disabling the flood lights at the base of the monument to prevent police detection. We would not make that mistake, but other difficulties that I could not anticipate would confront us.

Read the rest under STORY ARCHIVES on

And finally, I’ve had another couple of stories accepted for publication. “Playing Out the Deck” has to do with pushup poker, the Appalachian Trail, the war in Afghanistan and how friends help each other when things get tough. The second “Trouble-Free Driving” describes a hit man’s encounter with an over-friendly state trooper. Both of these will be published in September and I’ll let you know when and where when they are available to read.

One thought on “Conquering the Washington Monument

  1. Loved the Conquest of the Washington Monument story. Hilarious with a funny twist at the end of almost every paragraph (and even in the footnotes).


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