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Social climber
Mt Shasta, CA
Topic Author's Original Post - Oct 9, 2012 - 02:57pm PT

Does anyone know if this quote is attributable to Ron Kauk or who it would be?

I recalled it when Camp 4 was under immediate threat of being turned into some Hotel/Casino/Parking Lot:

"We live in a world where some think nothing is sacred, and others believe that everything is sacred."

If it's not Kauk or if I have butchered it, please correct me.


Oct 9, 2012 - 03:07pm PT
Ask him yourself.


email: SacredRok@SacredRok.org

The Hot Kiss on the end of a Wet Fist
Oct 9, 2012 - 03:08pm PT
"Climbing here saved my life from the confines of the materialistic illusion that we're taught as children in school. The way I see it, there are two worlds: There's the world where nothing is sacred except money, and the other world where everything is sacred."

Here's the way it originally appeared.
Here's the way it originally appeared.

Social climber
Mt Shasta, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 9, 2012 - 03:12pm PT
Thanks gentlemen.

Oct 9, 2012 - 03:19pm PT
Credit: fsck

Trad climber
East Coast US
Oct 9, 2012 - 03:27pm PT
Sounds like a worthy organization. What ever happened to that Chris Sharma run organization that brought inner city kids out to the valley and taught climbing? I forget the name....

back east
Oct 9, 2012 - 04:29pm PT
This one, gunkie ? http://www.yobasecamp.com/home.html
Tony Bird

Northridge, CA
Oct 9, 2012 - 04:44pm PT
gullich? abe lincoln said something an awful lot like that.

"any day is a good day to be born and a good day to die" has been attributed to geronimo and pope john the 23rd.

here's one you can attribute to me, if you like: "there are no heroes". stop worshipping them.

Gym climber
Oct 9, 2012 - 04:48pm PT
And here's one that you can pin to me (created before the obvious 'other' one):

Wherever you are, you'll be there soon.

Naw, nothing sacred about this quote...

Trad climber
new england
Oct 9, 2012 - 06:47pm PT
"did i ever tell you about the time the midget showed me his butt plug" Bishop local.

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Oct 9, 2012 - 06:48pm PT
"If you have called three people as#@&%e before noon, the first one you saw might have been the one in the mirror shaving..."

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Oct 9, 2012 - 07:22pm PT
There are most certainly heroes and even a few saints.

A wonderful experience in life is to become your own.

Oct 9, 2012 - 09:48pm PT
"there are no heroes"

No, I don't worship Ron but he's one of my very best friends ever and he's saved my life a few times too.

So he's a huge hero to me ......
Dapper Dan

Trad climber
Menlo Park
Oct 9, 2012 - 09:52pm PT
I always wished he'd chime in here ...
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Oct 9, 2012 - 10:01pm PT
No, I don't worship Ron but he's one of my very best friends ever and he's saved my life a few times too.

So he's a huge hero to me ......

Your feelings about the man have always shown through here.


Social climber
Eastside (of the Tetons)
Oct 9, 2012 - 11:56pm PT
Missed seeing him on Tioga Pass this summer while I was around.
Good man who thinks before he speaks. Like that.

Trad climber
Oct 10, 2012 - 02:27am PT
I've never met Ron but began admiring him after reading a few of his quotes in "Traditional Lead Climbing--Surviving the Learning Years" I had just bought the book and began climbing in jtree with my wife. We met a young 16 year old girl who climbed with us for a day (she had the most experience by far). She told us she came from a broken home and considered Ron her father.
Whether he knew that or not I dont know. I also don't know her name but the story has struck me that indeed THERE ARE HEROS!!
Patrick Sawyer

Originally California now Ireland
Oct 10, 2012 - 12:28pm PT
Ron was always decent to me, even though I was not in his climbing circle, or his ability. Last time I saw him was ice limbing in Lee Vining, 1985. A good bloke.

Big Wall climber
los gatos. ca
Oct 10, 2012 - 12:36pm PT
Walleye that picture and quote are awesome. Thanks for sharing

Ice climber
Oct 10, 2012 - 03:28pm PT
If I were Werner i would have spent as much time as i could around Kauk.

Worship not a chance but learn from him I suspect is what Werner did.


In Fact we all could learn so much from this man its too bad he is not willing to share more with us.
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