Special offer from the Autry National Center

Special offer from the Autry National Center

Granite Frontiers: A Century of Yosemite Climbing

June 12 - October 4

 

As a special friend of Ken Yager, you may join the Autry with a 20% discount off any membership level.  Please e-mail memberinfo@AutryNationalCenter.org and use code “KYAG” to receive your discount. 

 

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The Making of an Exhibit "Granite Frontiers"

The Making of an Exhibit "Granite Frontiers"

Granite Frontiers will be shown at the Autry National Center from June 12th - October 4th. A lot of work goes into making an exhibit. A special thanks to the proffesional staff at the Autry. They have been a real pleasure to work with. The following photos reflect some of that work. This exhibit is made possible by grants from the Yosemite Fund and the Autry National Center. Lots of pictures.

Dolt items

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Dolt items

A beautiful Dolt 2" angle.

Warren Harding in 1955

Warren Harding in 1955

Warren Harding during a photo shoot for the Saturday Evening Post.

MSR ?

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MSR ?

What are these called? Anyone ever use them? When were they available? They look like a Crack-n-up take-off. More views below.

"Up rope I'm not moving!" First ascent of Basketcase

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"Up rope I'm not moving!" First ascent of Basketcase

 

 

 




When I first showed up in the Valley in 1970 the Spring monsoon was going full bore. Generator Crack had just been discovered and being one of the few overhanging pieces of rock in the Valley, it was the perfect place to get some exercise. My first time there I couldn't get up the damn thing, but the monsoon persisted and we soon began making daily pilgrimages. The days rolled on wet and cold and Generator Crack was tamed. First right side in, then left side in followed by right side in solo and on and on. Eventually I got to where I was soloing it with running shoes on. Finally the monsoon ended and damn- I could go wide.



Cerro Torre- the lie and the desecration.

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Cerro Torre- the lie and the desecration.


Over the last four decades I have climbed on all seven continents. During that time it became apparent to me that Cerro Torre was the most magical mountain that I would ever encounter. A spike of light brown granite soaring over a vertical mile out of an ice sheet and capped by an otherworldly ice mushroom. Cerro Torre is also a peak of ever changing moods predicated by swirling storm clouds or an intense orange alpine glow on the rare clear days.

Overhang Overpass- bar dips and a hangover

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Overhang Overpass- bar dips and a hangover

In 1974 Charlie Porter saw that I was coping with an excess of unfocused energy so he told me about this beautiful, super clean corner high up on Lower Cathedral Rock that he had just tried. He and Mark Chapman had climbed the short 5.9 (old school) first pitch but had been stymied by a bulge in the corner itself.

Mark Wellman

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Mark Wellman

Paraplegic climber Mark Wellman on Tis-a-ack, Half Dome. Mark became the first paraplegic climber to climb El Capitan(1989) and Half Dome(1991). He did both climbs with Mike Corbett. Photo by Ken Yager

Shipley's Alpine Hammer

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Shipley's Alpine Hammer

Alpine hammer owned and used by Walt Shipley on his trip to Patagonia and on the Yosemite Valley ice climbs he did. Walt was an intense and energetic climber and accomplished an incredible amount.

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