Yosemite's biggest impact....you be the judge.


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mueffi 49

Trad climber
Mar 11, 2013 - 04:12pm PT
In conjunction with Jim's item 1. and 2. - I like Chill's reply: "Cams"

Think about it - what would the Valley be without it?

Compare it to Europe's "free climbing" approach where - by now - nearly all the classic free climbs are"retro-bolted" to provide (their) State-of-the-Art protection

Mar 11, 2013 - 04:20pm PT
Perhaps a topic for another time: Climbing's impact on Yosemite.
Don Paul

Big Wall climber
Colombia, South America
Mar 11, 2013 - 05:08pm PT
Crack climbing.

Oakland, CA
Mar 11, 2013 - 06:11pm PT
1. Salathé Wall
2. Nutcracker
3. Nose free

I see those three as the emblems of Yos' progress, each for the obvious reason. Maybe you could add the Phoenix as 2b, for Jardine's contribution of the SLCD.

Maybe the next item on that list would be Honnold's Triple IAD.

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 11, 2013 - 06:12pm PT
Regarding Free climbing, Ben and John have excellent points. The routes being free climbed in Germany in the early part of the 20th century were far harder than anything else being done. The British also have a long tradition of hard free climbing with the likes of Whillans, Brown and Boysen and guys like Stannard, Wunsch, Barber, Goldstone and Bragg were pushing standards in the 60's and 70's in the Gunks as was Erikson, Ament and others in Boulder.
These developments, however, were happening in a degree of isolation. The lure of the magnificent granite walls of Yosemite brought climbers from many countries together into one spot. I was witness to the transformation of a really good French climber tn the Valley in the early 70's. He was super good but he would naturally grab a piton if there was one in place. After being admonished, he ceased doing it and found that he could still do the climbs. That sort of attitude was brought back to the Continent and other areas around the World and soon became the norm.

Mar 11, 2013 - 06:19pm PT
What about climbing clean??

No pitons. Kind of goes along with someone's suggestion about cams.

Trad climber
the crowd MUST BE MOCKED...Mocked I tell you.
Mar 11, 2013 - 07:43pm PT
that's what I says above Johnny. It's been glossed over in the thread by the rest of these guys and subsumed into some clap trap about SLCDs. ;)

* and to the point above about Elbsandstain. Its not an impact if it isn't done at a time when magazines couldn't have picked up the story and had the rest of the world doing the same thing.

While poignant, the "impact" was not that big.

In clean climbing though, let's compare Gritstone standards to Yosemite's harder learning curve of having to go through the iron age first to start using nuts and SLCDs and free climbing more.

Mar 11, 2013 - 08:16pm PT
Yosemite’s impact is a result of the fact that it provides an accessible and benevolent playground relatively free of objective dangers which allows climbers to master the art of moving over stone. For most, that is enough of a goal. For some, mastery learned in Yosemite is just a point of departure for other arenas.

Big walls were done in Europe prior to Yosemite. The Brits had a great tradition of free (and clean) climbing which Yosemite embraced. Yosemite climbers without a doubt opened the door to big climbs in Europe, Asia, and South America – and even in Colorado.

Yosemite’s contribution is that it attracted climbers who took the best from around the world and synthesized it into the techniques and commitment that Chouinard was referring to.

My vote: 1, 2, and 3 with the caveat that what was done in Yosemite – at least after the mid-60s - was not done in isolation.

The Warbler

the edge of America
Mar 11, 2013 - 08:17pm PT
Yosemite's biggest impacts?

The first view a climber gets of El Cap as he cranes his neck to look out the window from South Side Drive.

The awe inspired by the sheer NW face of Half Dome, and the massive and mysterious South Face.

Rolling thunder and flashing lighting moving west fast out of the high country.

Unsurpassed beauty and grandeur on the colossal scale and the miniature.

Unclimbed lines for decades into the future.

The grace and majesty of the Cathedral Rocks and Spires.

The steady crash and boom of water falling from nearly every towering precipice in Spring.

The collapse of walls which seem to have stood forever into clouds of dust and house sized boulders.

The quiet and crispness on a Fall day by the serene Merced.

The impeccable stone and sweeping lines everywhere.

That kind of stuff has big impact.

Mar 11, 2013 - 08:24pm PT
From an outsider's perspective, the social scene has/had a lot to do with it.

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Mar 11, 2013 - 08:35pm PT
Biggest impact: proof of concept that a climber can meet all his/her caloric needs by eating food leftover on stranger's plates.

This was a quantum leap forward from making a meal of tomato soup from free ketchup packets.

Second biggest impact: proof of concept that the climber can sleep free in a highly regulated and expensive venue by employing the stealth bivy.

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Mar 11, 2013 - 08:56pm PT
I gotta go with the big wall climbing on this. I think that is the most uniquely Yosemite contribution to climbing. Clearly the free climbing style was influential in the way Donini suggests, but i think that it was part of a whole that was going a lot of places. Even if it had the largest of the voices it didn't stand out the way the wall climbi g did/does.

And likewise the alpine. It seems to me that Yosemite school contribution to that was mostly an offshoot of the wall climbing as well.

Trad climber
Mar 11, 2013 - 09:14pm PT
I'll vote for #3, as well.

Most of the good alpinist of my generation, had a few big walls under their belt, early in their career.

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Mar 11, 2013 - 09:47pm PT

Jaybro, even you didn't say the 'wide fetish!'

Where did reel offwidth start, folks????
wayne burleson

Amherst, MA
Mar 11, 2013 - 10:03pm PT
Great thread!

Thanks Kevin for beautiful poetry...

Thanks PhylP for levity. Climber "culture" is a key contribution.

Mar 11, 2013 - 10:11pm PT
Yosemeite was certainly influential in the areas you mentioned. But I'm not sure I understand what you're driving at here, Jim.

Trad climber
Is that light the end of the tunnel or a train?
Mar 11, 2013 - 10:12pm PT
i think the huge tour buses have the biggest impact on the yosemite valley experience. o h wait...

clean climbing without a doubt.
I concur.
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Mar 11, 2013 - 10:15pm PT
It is great how this topic has carried the weight of both what matters to the world and what matters to individuals.

There was some great psych and great tutoring offered by great climbers passing through. For only the cost of taking up space on those big, square chunks of wood that originally held in the C4 parking lot, the value and influences are still immeasurable and subtle where ever life takes me.

Trad climber
Is that light the end of the tunnel or a train?
Mar 11, 2013 - 10:24pm PT
My unimportant take on Jim's query
1: The irresistible lure of the big walls.
2: The clean & free climbing revolution.
3: The evolution to serious Alpine climbing.
4: The crystallization of 1 through 3 on Big Mountain Big Walls.

Trad climber
Mar 11, 2013 - 10:43pm PT
From my very limited perspective and assisted, estimated triangulation, "spawning ground" would appear to cover all the bases.

I'll probably burn in Hell for that one...
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