Who's your favorite Yosemite Hero?


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Social climber
Topic Author's Original Post - Jan 18, 2011 - 09:39pm PT
For pure idolatry, I gotta say Largo. But the Kid and Shipoopi are just great dudes I've known for years.

Al Dude is a maniac. Love that guy.

Never met Charlie Porter, but who has. I loved that he seemed such the loner.


Social climber
The other "Magic City on the Plains"
Jan 18, 2011 - 09:43pm PT
Credit: Robb

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Jan 18, 2011 - 09:43pm PT
Bill Russell...
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Jan 18, 2011 - 09:44pm PT
My first day in Yosemite I saw Billy Westbay walking across the road. He had the long hair, he was thin, he had sailors pants and a piece of cord as a headband. He was the prototypical Yosemite climber to me. I was glad to meet him later and be able to call him friend.

Trad climber
San Jose, CA
Jan 18, 2011 - 09:50pm PT
Chuck Pratt, Royal, Tom Frost, Warren Harding. These were the true adventurers who didn't know if they were coming back when they went up a wall.
Ricardo Cabeza

All Over.
Jan 18, 2011 - 09:50pm PT

Jan 18, 2011 - 09:51pm PT
John Muir

Trad climber
Somewhere halfway over the rainbow
Jan 18, 2011 - 09:53pm PT
Muir or Salathe.

Jan 18, 2011 - 10:02pm PT
Mike Barker.




Big Wall climber
Jan 18, 2011 - 10:03pm PT
The big wallers from the 50's and 60's,
that went into the unknown.
( Sorry, can't nail down one. )

But if I had to pick one, it would be Bridwell.
He always seemed to be pushing envelope.
Mighty Hiker

Vancouver, B.C.
Jan 18, 2011 - 10:06pm PT
There could be a long list, with many threads and characters intertwined. But we mightn't have Yosemite in anything like its present condition were it not for John Muir, Teddy Roosevelt and a few other farsighted invidivuals.
Matt Sarad

Trad climber
Bakersfield CA
Jan 18, 2011 - 10:10pm PT
Chuck Ostin was a unique personality and my climbing mentor when I moved to Berkeley in1986.

I miss him.

Trad climber
West Los Angeles, CA
Jan 18, 2011 - 10:10pm PT
There's so many already named so I'm going to go out on a limb with a new one.....

For his sheer volumne of hard aid routes no one else would ever go near, it's Eric Kohl.

Klaus...how you're alive today is a testament to your talent.

Not much "heroic" in that sense but he did the climbs he came to do (many of them solo FA's), never needed a rescue and never ended up with a terribly injured partner as the result of his climbs.

He came, he climbed, he got the job done. On routes many will never even fathom.

That's a Yosemite legacy if there ever was one.

Hobart, Australia
Jan 18, 2011 - 10:11pm PT
Bridwell, Burton and Sutton, Porter, hard to pin down...

Maybe Ammon for modern stuff.

Maybe Lynn for big wall free climbing pioneering.

Probably Crusher for pure wild abandon.

All in all, if I were to climb again with a Yosemite hero, it would be Werner.

Trad climber
Jan 18, 2011 - 10:12pm PT

Social climber
Schlongmont, CO
Jan 18, 2011 - 10:15pm PT
Michael Pelkey and Brian Schubert
(shame on me!)

Hard to name one and only one climber...there are far too many that are so much larger than life.
The Larry

Moab, UT
Jan 18, 2011 - 10:24pm PT
Meeting Brad Jarret on top of the Leaning Tower was a highlight in my early climbing career.
We had just topped out on the WFLT and he had just finished Roulette.
He had beer and smokes and showed us the proper way to toss your bags.

Trad climber
Jan 18, 2011 - 10:24pm PT
Who was that bad ass who pitched off Southern Bell, like 80', busted his kicker and hiked back to the village?

He's my Yos hero.


Social climber
Jan 18, 2011 - 10:38pm PT
Yeah,Prod! That guy.... Certainly worthy. Climbed with him plenty.

But in the total Yosemite pantheon that I met, read about, climbed with, it's got to be Pratt. 'Course, 'in my book', is the limiting factor.

lovely topic,

Tuscon Again! India! India! Hawaii! LA?!?!
Jan 18, 2011 - 10:45pm PT
Ken Boche for the time being. I just spent a day on a boat fishing with him and he told us stories.
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