Layton Kor, the King has died

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Jan

Mountain climber
Okinawa, Japan
Apr 23, 2013 - 11:59am PT
Layton not only drove soft springed fifties barges, but on four bald tires also. One of the scariest moments I had with him was the day he decided to see if his car could go a hundred miles an hour on the Boulder-Denver turnpike. It was vibrating so badly, he could barely hang onto the wheel. Laughing in glee, I had the impression he had no idea of the danger. Somehow I managed not to scream.

Layton was a great tease along with all the other facets of his humor. His larger than life personality and ever present humor and enthusiasm carried a person along, often against their better judgement. Yet amazingly, he had a great safety record and didn't suffer injuries or accidents though his companions often died a thousand deaths.

Layton definitely opened me up to a larger view of life. Since I was only 18 when I met him and first time away from home, he had a big impact on my life with his "just go for it" attitude.

ncskains

Ice climber
Alaska
Apr 23, 2013 - 12:50pm PT
Rest In Peace Layton, For ever your legacy and passion will live with the beautiful creation of your routes.. Thank you for all you have given to our community.

-Nate
guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Apr 23, 2013 - 01:09pm PT
Some classic routes Layton was a big part of in the heady days of the early 60s. Chouinard, Roper and Denny as climbing mates doesn't get much better.
1st ascent- Coonyard to the Oasis 1960
1st ascent- Coonyard to the Oasis 1960
Credit: guido
1st ascent West Buttress El Cap-May 17 1963
1st ascent West Buttress El Cap-May 17 1963
Credit: guido
3rd ascent Nose El Cap-May 30th 1963
3rd ascent Nose El Cap-May 30th 1963
Credit: guido
Registers courtesy of the Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley Mnt Records Division.
Don Lauria

Trad climber
Bishop, CA
Apr 23, 2013 - 05:14pm PT
Here's some Kor lore by Layton himself in 1965 after our ascent of the Leaning Tower:

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Tom Fender is "bumper", get it?
Don Lauria

Trad climber
Bishop, CA
Apr 23, 2013 - 05:15pm PT
A little more lore by Kor:

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healyje

Trad climber
Portland, Oregon
Apr 23, 2013 - 07:13pm PT
What a stature in more ways than one! We were all suitably impressed by the first couple of his routes that we did in the 70's such that we then always took those ratings with a grain of salt.

We all pass this way, it's the walk that counts and his did...
Double D

climber
Apr 23, 2013 - 09:05pm PT
My condolences to his family and close friends. Kor was definitely a legend and inspiration to me and many generations of climbers all over the west. Just thinking about how many thousands have passed through the Kor roof on Washington's column and have been in awe of how he could drill bolts that spread out. A giant of a man.
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Apr 23, 2013 - 09:16pm PT
Just got back to a list of phone calls and a stack of emails.

I spoke with Jody, and as soon as I get any info on services I will post it here.
telemon01

Trad climber
Montana
Apr 23, 2013 - 10:16pm PT

Thanks for posting those letters Don- pure gems for sure.
pocoloco1

Social climber
The Chihuahua Desert
Apr 23, 2013 - 10:36pm PT
RIP Layton
Condolences to Layton's family and friends
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Apr 23, 2013 - 11:03pm PT
Tough evening. First I met with Mike Stults in Cedar, who hadn't gotten word, then I talked with my first Zion partner from more than 37 years ago, Kevin Kelly, who did many routes with Layton and introduced me to him in the '80s. He didn't know either.

Sorry to those I have failed to get back to, please forgive me.
Jan

Mountain climber
Okinawa, Japan
Apr 23, 2013 - 11:04pm PT
Ah yes, the Sink. That is where I first met Layton.
John Morton

climber
Apr 23, 2013 - 11:06pm PT
Thanks to all for the photos, letters and remembrances - so many of us owe so much to Layton Kor.

All I can think of to add to these tributes is the observation that I always thought of Kor as the independent man, not part of any faction of climbers, just a voracious consumer of hard climbs wherever he could find them, with whomever was available to pay out rope fast enough. Long live his memory.
John
vo

climber
Denver, CO
Apr 23, 2013 - 11:10pm PT
Rest in peace great one

Condolences to friends and family
guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Apr 23, 2013 - 11:13pm PT
Kor, Mickey's Beach early 60s. Age 21-22, plus or minus a climb or two.........
Credit: guido
Credit: guido
Credit: guido
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Apr 23, 2013 - 11:15pm PT
We were young once and climbers.
Cam Burns

Social climber
CO
Apr 24, 2013 - 12:07am PT
Layton with a couple of his best friends, Allen Hill and Rosemary "Ducky" Alder.
Allen Hill, Layton, Rosemary Alder, Chris Archer's house, August 2012
Allen Hill, Layton, Rosemary Alder, Chris Archer's house, August 2012
Credit: Cameron Burns
Cam Burns

Social climber
CO
Apr 24, 2013 - 12:11am PT
Layton pointing out a rude-sounding dish on the menu. Boulder, CO, Aug...
Layton pointing out a rude-sounding dish on the menu. Boulder, CO, August 2012.
Credit: Cameron Burns
Jan

Mountain climber
Okinawa, Japan
Apr 24, 2013 - 12:19am PT
Yes, we were young once and climbers.


North Face of the Matron, Boulder, January 1964
North Face of the Matron, Boulder, January 1964
Credit: Larry Dalke
Cam Burns

Social climber
CO
Apr 24, 2013 - 12:24am PT
"Burns!!!! What did I tell you? This is Eldorado!!! Vegemite is not al...
"Burns!!!! What did I tell you? This is Eldorado!!! Vegemite is not allowed!!!!" Well, I did get him to try Vegemite once, but it didn't exactly flow.....
Credit: Cameron Burns
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