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Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Topic Author's Original Post - Nov 14, 2010 - 09:48pm PT

I'm having fun ripping on last weeks partygoers at the Pass, but wanted to start a separate thread out of respect for Layton.
James really took a great picture of him there.

By the time I began climbing in '68 the Eiger debacle was history and Layton had moved on to another phase in his life.

But the mind reels in considering that he only began climbing in '58 and yet in less than a decade went on such a tear, such a string of envelope stretching FAs, that he established a legend unequalled in American rockclimbing.

In a community populated by inflated egos, that Kor's climbs draw nothing but positive comments speaks volumes about his true greatness.
And he is a down to earth approachable guy who enjoys laughing as much as anybody.

Here's to the Great One!

Anybody have photos from his routes?

Social climber
Bouncy Tiggerville
Nov 14, 2010 - 09:53pm PT
I would pay good money for that ape index - just sayin'...

Ron, you have been such a great force in helping Layton and reminding us of his accomplishments, I am really impressed with your respect and support.

We should all be so lucky to have such an awesome support mechanism in our lives as we get along in our years.

Of course, Donini is his own force...

Trad climber
Douglas, WY
Nov 14, 2010 - 09:59pm PT
Most of all, Layton was a fun person to climb with, filled with jokes and limericks.

Trad climber
Santa Cruz Mountains and Monterey Bay
Nov 14, 2010 - 10:12pm PT
Definitely the Great One!

on the previous trip, he pointed out to me that the best climber is the one having the most fun
the albatross

Gym climber
Nov 14, 2010 - 10:23pm PT
For five decades climbers have aspired towards Layton Kor routes.

Fifty years that our community has called him 'the great one'.

Along with his tremendous climbing record, I admire his humble being.


Social climber
Nov 15, 2010 - 12:01am PT
hey there say, piton ron... wow, what a neat nice post... nice picture, too...

thanks for the share...


hope some more nice pics show up, too...
god bless..

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Nov 15, 2010 - 12:46am PT

I've been lucky to follow some of his routes,
and all of them are classics.
Thanks for all your vision, Layton!!!!
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 15, 2010 - 02:32pm PT

49 years after his first desert tower!

Nov 15, 2010 - 02:34pm PT
49 years after his first desert tower!

And ..... ?

What was his realization ..... ?
the kid

Trad climber
fayetteville, wv
Nov 15, 2010 - 02:47pm PT
great post..
Layton is one of my old old school heros and one i have always admired..
i want to share my Layton story here..
Rifle- 1990- summer- it was my first visit there with Mike Pont, Pete Zoeller, Phil Benningfield
I'm gearing up to bolt my first route- in the wasteland- called "vision thing"...
so i'm at my van getting a rack and drill together and i see this very tall man with a fly fishing pole walking towards me..
I think nothing of it until he gets closer and i realize it's Layton!
Hot damn, my hero in the flesh in Rifle!
He asked what i'm up to, i reply i'm about to ground up bolt my first route in this amazing park..
"i knew you guys would find this place someday, i put up a route here in the 70's.."
I was stunned..
"wanna watch me bolt this rig"
"yup" was his reply as he joins us in the wasteland as i gear up and start aiding the route...
It was really cool to have him there and see what we were up to..
He took off back to fishing as i kept bolting..


Trad climber
Douglas, WY
Nov 15, 2010 - 03:50pm PT
Just a mellow bump for Layton and Piton Ron for starting the thread!

Sport climber
Silverado, CA
Nov 15, 2010 - 04:11pm PT
Nice story Kurt...amazing how things like that often happen within our small community.
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Nov 15, 2010 - 04:28pm PT
> Anybody have photos from his routes?


The routes are not hard to find - just go do the best climbs on the planet!

ron gomez

Trad climber
Nov 15, 2010 - 05:04pm PT
I remember when I first started climbing I was into reading all the history I could get my hands on. I would go to Rock N Ice in Fullerton and Maria Cranor would let me sit for hours in the shop and just read. I don't know that I ever bought books from there, but when I closed one she would hand me another and I could just eat it all up. Layton was one name that kept coming up in these books and from my first memories of climbing Layton Kor was one of my inspirations. He has provided to me and many others motivation and inspiration to climb and continue to climb for years on end. Thanks Layton!
I also remember when Bridwell told me he named his son after Layton Kor....that spoke volumes to me when I knew Kor meant that much to Jim. It's always an honor to shake Layton Bridwell's hand knowing where that name came from. I wish I could someday meet and shake Layon Kor and shake his hand.
So Ron O....does Layton still fish and any liking to fly fishing??? Would be cool to wet a line with him!
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 15, 2010 - 05:07pm PT
That he does, but he has yet to develop a palette for sashimi.
ron gomez

Trad climber
Nov 15, 2010 - 05:10pm PT
So Ron is that an answer to my question? Don't need to eat the damn things, just love to be where trout live and if you or Layton is interested I can drag Jimbo along and we can take the "old guys" fly fishing.

Social climber
Nov 15, 2010 - 05:12pm PT

This thread has the "We Climbed Utah's Skyscraper Rock" article from the National Geographic. Made quite an impression on the then 10 year old Gene.

hanging from a crimp and crying for my mama.
Nov 15, 2010 - 05:17pm PT
Where is the "I LIKE" button when you need it!

You and Layton can teach us little folk a whole lot about living life fully and good friendships.

Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 15, 2010 - 05:28pm PT
I guess you haven't seen the updated TR,... :-)

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Nov 15, 2010 - 05:29pm PT
All that lovely red sandstone! Thanks for the looks at some dry places.

Here's one from up North he did with Ed Cooper
Pigeon Spire, Bugaboo Range

photo: cascadeotto climber: Jake
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