Who's your favorite Yosemite Hero?


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selfish man

Gym climber
Austin, TX
Sep 4, 2014 - 10:45am PT
I wonder how many unsung heros were quietly pushing the limits without publicity.

I'm not much into the hero worship thing but this nice gentleman has done a few inspiring things...
Barry Bates in 2011
Barry Bates in 2011
Credit: selfish man

Trad climber
Bay Area
Sep 4, 2014 - 10:48am PT
I have great respect for several "Yosemite climbers" whom I've met.
A couple of them have in fact done heroic deeds in climbing. They would describe it simply as doing what had to be done.

I have no heroes from any walk of life.
I don't get the concept of "hero"
scrubbing bubbles

Social climber
Sep 4, 2014 - 10:57am PT
That guy who used to make pancakes in the Lodge cafeteria

He brought zest to his job

Social climber
Sep 4, 2014 - 11:04am PT
I wonder how many unsung heros were quietly pushing the limits without publicity.

Fewer than more I reckon. Year over year in the Yosemite community - such that it is - people talk & it's very difficult to be a very good climber and not have others know about you.

But for sure there are those who remain out of the media limelight if you wanna call that publicity.

Social climber
Greensboro, North Carolina
Sep 4, 2014 - 11:19am PT
Credit: Some guy/girl, not me.

Trad climber
Costa Mesa, CA
Sep 4, 2014 - 12:03pm PT
I'm a sucker for these hero threads. lol

When I was a kid it was definitely Royal Robbins all the way, and John Long. Now...

Warren Harding
John Long
Ron Kauk
Lynn Hill
Dean Potter
Alex Honnold

There are many other heroes, but these are the guys that most captured my imagination.

Trad climber
portland, or
Sep 4, 2014 - 12:35pm PT
Robbins. He even replied to an e-mail from me when I told him I wore his boots as a teenager and liked them!
Wade Icey

Trad climber
Sep 4, 2014 - 01:03pm PT
I married her.
The Warbler

the edge of America
Sep 4, 2014 - 01:17pm PT
dictionary definitions of hero vary, but consistently use the adjectives bold and courageous.

People can make up their own definitions of a hero, or follow the Hollywood cliche mr nice guy hero concept, but as far as dictionary definition Heroes of Yosemite climbing goes, in my mind they have to have climbed at an exceptional level of boldness / courage, and stepped significantly forward into new realms. That pretty much narrows it down to the pioneers and the soloists.

Potter, Croft, Honnold, Robbins, Porter would top my list.

Tom Frost is my mr nice guy hero

TM is my funny guy hero

RK is my Hollywood hero

Werner is my Hawaii Five-O hero

Social climber
Golden, CO
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 4, 2014 - 06:00pm PT
Did we already mention Lynn?
Credit: Bun Bun

edit, 3 posts back..
scrubbing bubbles

Social climber
Sep 4, 2014 - 06:12pm PT
seriously? probably Tobin Sorenson cause he went on to slay the alpine beast and cause of his beautiful humanity

Kauk and Croft cause they seemed to embody the spirit of YOS

Honnold...let's decide in 10 years about Honnold

The Warbler

the edge of America
Sep 4, 2014 - 07:52pm PT
Yeah Lynnie's a female Yosemite hero fo sure

Her and Bev
Captain...or Skully

in the oil patch...Fricken Bakken, that's where
Sep 4, 2014 - 08:03pm PT
I dig Porter. Glad I got to say Hi, just once.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Sep 8, 2014 - 05:00am PT
"There is something about moving over rock that talking about it can never recapture, something young and vital, that isn't self-conscious or reflective."

Peter Beal wrote that in a blog, Mountains and Water, in 2009.

It's worth looking at. Heroes are for the young. We had them, most of us. It's fitting to give them their due. Sure are lots of 'em, huh?

Our impressions which are formed in youth are so important to our later development. The question of role model vs. hero might be a separate thread topic of interest.

I was never an active boulder climber. About the only ones I've clijed are at Stoney, Indian Rock park, a bit at Castle Rock, and Camp 4.

And, while I respect Colorado-based climbers, especially jgill, one could never possibly be one of my heroes. I've never even visited the state.

I'm stickin' with good old "Alias," Steck & Jones.

Trad climber
dancin on the tip of god's middle finger
Sep 8, 2014 - 05:17am PT
he was a polished poetician.
with a decorated verve
and well-scattered zeal.

he built dream upon durable dream
until reality had no place left to hide
and that aggressive dream
consumed the static reality
and began to coat it with the
rainbow secretions of his imagination.
and over much time that coated reality
became a pearl;
but really it was his life.

in all honesty i thunk
this up last night
as i lay there calling
to my wife in the next room
for help,
in a light volume,
just over the din of the crickets,
for the girls were sleeping next to her.

she told me that she was asleep,
and to leave her alone.

and so i thunk,
everyone else sees that i'm a gem.
except my wife, who thinks that i'm disposable.

i'm my favorite yosemite hero.
Gnome Ofthe Diabase

Out Of Bed
Sep 8, 2014 - 11:11am PT
FROG (*Big* Ray Olsen)
The originator of what would become the Bod harness I had a" From Ray Olsen's Garage" (tie-on) swami & leg loops.
Small, Hard, and Fearless.....
Oh wait that’s Lynn &
Sue McDivItt (did I meet her way way back in New Hampshire?)

A picture is still worth a thousand words I'll try to find some
With the cost of: good, camera, film, and developing and dry safe space needed to store how do ya'll have pics/slides from back then?

Smoking duck
The picture of you bouldering at thirty thousand feet on the Luggage rack in black leather pants and suede boots...,.,.Laugh Riot /,'+D palm to face…
is the guy with the pic of the dead plucked chicken smoking a cig. taking a shot at ya?
Imitation is the highest form of flattery
Richard Harrison
Magic Ed

Trad climber
Nuevo Leon, Mexico
Sep 8, 2014 - 11:18am PT
Just came across this thread and didn't read through the whole thing but did anyone mention Richard Harrison?
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
Sep 8, 2014 - 12:07pm PT
heroism—for some greater good of all humanity.

LOL Climbers are selfish people, not heroes.

I don't really hero-worship other dudes, but I think it is a good thing to mention a few that I didn't see mentioned in this thread...Sean Jones for all the cool new routes he put up, Leo Houlding for his work on the Prophet, Coz for Southern Belle/free climbing El Cap ground up thing..

Sep 8, 2014 - 12:18pm PT
Vitaliy M. -- "LOL Climbers are selfish people, .."

So you must be a selfish person.

Rodger Brown puts 1000ths of man hours into repairing sh!t bolts so you don't die.

He puts in 100ths and 100ths of hours in other volunteer work so you can enjoy "Your Park".

There's so many others that it will fill pages.

Some climbers are just plain stupid ......

Sep 8, 2014 - 02:11pm PT
All those face lift folks from year one on.

All those park employees who do the thankless jobs like taking out the trash.

All those kids who spend their summers making nothing to enjoy a summer in paradise while washing dishes pouring coffee and wiping down tables.

Guys like Werner who clean up the stupid.

Right you are Werner. Rodger Brown spending his days making it safe to clip that sh#t.
Wow thanks for that Mr. Brown.

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