Layton Kor, the King has died

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Patrick Oliver

Boulder climber
Fruita, Colorado
Apr 22, 2013 - 11:51pm PT
Yes, thank you Ron for the help you gave Layton. And thanks to
everyone who helped him. There have been many individuals who have
played each an important part, and in many different ways.
And thanks to Layton himself for the strength he has given others, the
generosity when he was in no real position to be generous. Back when
Roger Briggs spearheaded that fundraiser for me, for which I remain
grateful and humbled, Layton sent me two hundred dollars. It's one
thing when you happen to have lots of money, and you give. It's another
thing when you have virtually nothing, and you give. An occasion
when I visited him in Arizona I tried to return the favor, to give
him a couple hundred, at a moment when things were a little better
for me. He would have no part of it and refused utterly, presumably
because he knew I was in a similar income bracket as he. The bottom
line of it all is that Layton was (and remains in our hearts and minds)
a very good person, the best of persons, so funny we laughed until our
stomachs ached, and so wild and terrifying at times we could only
muse at our survival. It is difficult to comprehend how some of my
best friends could be Layton, John Gill, Royal Robbins, Tom Higgins, and
such individuals. It's like an aspiring artist falling into the
company and care of Da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Rembrandt... Layton
truly was at that order of greatness, a simple, humble, not-so-well-
educated, but brilliant spirit. Just look up at the sky at sunset and
imagine Layton's spirit filled the vast space of the world. He
touched people everywhere, came here for a few years, won our love,
and departed -- but not without leaving that spirit with us. Just
look up and into that infinite light and feel the expanse of
existence that was -- shall we remember at this moment -- inhabited
by one precious friend.
rgold

Trad climber
Poughkeepsie, NY
Apr 22, 2013 - 11:51pm PT
Kor was in the pantheon of superheros of my climbing youth. He was part of the fabric of the climbing enterprise, a tapestry woven from legend and real deeds, and the news of his passing made me catch my breath.

Other than a brief introduction in the Gunks, I didn't know him. But we all knew him, all of us. I understood from his friends and partners that he was a force of nature, but didn't realize until this moment the extent to which his presence and his deeds were somehow a part of my life too, shaping my view of the world of climbing.

And so, not really knowing him and yet indelibly influenced by his character and his climbs, I guess I thought---even though I knew better---that he would always be with us. And now he is not, except in spirit, in the memories of those who really did know him, and in the legacy of climbs bequeathed to us.

And so we are reminded that even our superheros have their turn on the stage, and then the curtain falls. Most of us have had bit parts, but Layton was one of the Leading Men, and in his passing we suffer not only the loss of a man, but also the passing of an era, when walls were very big and we were very small and heroes ventured forth into the vertical unknown.
Patrick Oliver

Boulder climber
Fruita, Colorado
Apr 22, 2013 - 11:58pm PT
Ahh, Rich, so beautiful and eloquent as always. That image of
the "stage...." I think when we have the right perspective,
almost everyone has the potential to be someone we love, some
member of the great play, without whom the play would... fail. Of
course you too are one of those significant spirits, my dear Rich.
TomCochrane

Trad climber
Santa Cruz Mountains and Monterey Bay
Apr 23, 2013 - 12:00am PT
The Great One


Credit: TomCochrane
Bldrjac

Ice climber
Boulder
Apr 23, 2013 - 12:00am PT
RIP....an amazing legacy he left. We should all be so blessed.
MH2

climber
Apr 23, 2013 - 12:05am PT
Thanks for the many fine personal stories more about the man than the climbs. Back when they walked up under unknown walls and tied in.
bmacd

Trad climber
100% Canadian
Apr 23, 2013 - 12:06am PT
Condolences to family and friends, unclimbed mountains of respect to Layton wherever you are now.

Long Live the King !
guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Apr 23, 2013 - 12:08am PT
It has been just a little over 50 years since I last saw Layton. Yet, to this day I have vivid memories of his camaraderie, boundless energy, drive beyond belief, unending repertoire of Oly and Lena jokes and the ability to drive on tires one tread away from flat. As a young kid to climb with Layton was one of those unique and forever cherished experiences. Giant of a man.

Sentinel- April 11, 1963
Sentinel- April 11, 1963
Credit: guido
sunnyside

Big Wall climber
earth
Apr 23, 2013 - 12:11am PT
Magnificent, the word that always came to mind when approaching a rock formation, imagining and hoping to see it in such an enlightened state, a Kor's Eye View. My very thoughts, when approaching one of his dreamy endeavours. Thanks for the inspiration. Glad to have been in his presence at the slide presentation at Neptune Mountaineering,
Naked Edge, Eldorado Canyon, Colorado
Naked Edge, Eldorado Canyon, Colorado
Credit: sunnyside
a few years back. What an incredible life.
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Apr 23, 2013 - 12:17am PT
So sorry to hear about this as I know many of you were close to him. It is amazing the amount of places where his name will always be associated with. Many of those places are the places we all want to go. He obviously knew a good line when he saw one and had the fortitude, strength, and balls to go get it. I think we all dream of finding areas and put up new routes, was anyone better at this?
nita

Social climber
chica de chico, I don't claim to be a daisy.
Apr 23, 2013 - 12:23am PT

Sending out sincere Condolences to Layton's family and friends..........
o-man

Social climber
Paia,Maui,HI
Apr 23, 2013 - 12:28am PT
Layton, we first crossed paths on a construction site in Littleton, Colorado in December of 1978 where you were working as a brick mason.
I worked for the contractor and was delivering materials.
I overheard the guys on your crew call you by your first name and I started putting a few things together like: Layton/brick mason/tall/age?
I was very shy but I told myself” If you don’t ask him, you will forever wonder.”
So I walked over to where you were working and said,” Would your last name be Kor?”
You turned and said” Yes, Do I know you?”
I responded with,” No Sir, but I have done many of your routes in Eldorado, the desert, and Yosemite and I would just like to shake your hand.”
Then you responded” So you’re a climber, huh?”
You put your trowel in the wet mud on your palette and extended your hand. You gave me one firm shake and then picked up your tool and went back to your work.
It was one of those warm sunny winter days in December and it was about noon and I had my lunch box so I joined you and the crew for lunch on at the job site.
When I returned to my regular project my friend and fellow climber Deke Cook was there and I said to him, “I just shook Layton Kor’s hand!”

Years later I met you again at the International Alpine Schools climbing shop when it was right by the pool in Eldorado. Paul Sibley was running the show at that time. Any way you were in the shop and your book was on the shelf. I still to this day regret not picking up that book and asking you to sign it on the spot.
Sorry about this running on Layton but it’s been fun to relive that day when I met a real hero of mine.

Olaf -----you remember the past much better than I do----I did a lot of traveling in those days---the philippines.guam,Hawaii---wish I could do
it all over again.best Layton
sunnyside

Big Wall climber
earth
Apr 23, 2013 - 12:29am PT
Magnificence
The Black Canyon of the Gunnison's Painted wall
The Black Canyon of the Gunnison's Painted wall
Credit: sunnyside
sunnyside

Big Wall climber
earth
Apr 23, 2013 - 12:33am PT
Mountain's Majesty
The Chief's Head, RMNP, Colorado
The Chief's Head, RMNP, Colorado
Credit: sunnyside
sunnyside

Big Wall climber
earth
Apr 23, 2013 - 12:35am PT
Desert Solitaire
The Mono Doigt
The Mono Doigt
Credit: sunnyside
Curt

climber
Gold Canyon, AZ
Apr 23, 2013 - 12:36am PT
Agreed. Well said, Rich.

Curt
sunnyside

Big Wall climber
earth
Apr 23, 2013 - 12:37am PT
Gloria
Priest, Nunns, and Castleton Towers. Moab, Utah
Priest, Nunns, and Castleton Towers. Moab, Utah
Credit: sunnyside
krahmes

Social climber
Stumptown
Apr 23, 2013 - 12:46am PT
If the testament to a man is his deeds and his friends; this thread proves Layton Kor lived a great life. RIP. Condolences to his family.
sunnyside

Big Wall climber
earth
Apr 23, 2013 - 12:48am PT
Layton's Foot Steps
Finger of Fate, The Titan
Finger of Fate, The Titan
Credit: sunnyside
TomCochrane

Trad climber
Santa Cruz Mountains and Monterey Bay
Apr 23, 2013 - 01:01am PT
Credit: TomCochrane

Credit: TomCochrane

Credit: TomCochrane

Credit: TomCochrane

Credit: TomCochrane



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