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the albatross

Gym climber
Flagstaff
Apr 25, 2013 - 12:03am PT
Allen your photos are equal treasures. As are Camerons' and all the other photos, letters and memories posted. It is incredible how many lives and hearts over so many generations that Layton touched. And his spirit lives on in the countless cliffs Layton sought out all over the world.

Joanne that was special roping up with you and Layton and Kevin on that lost desert fin. I wish I had some pics to share. Even with his debilitating health challenges Layton wanted to keep climbing as long as he could which is what he did. That man sure loved to climb rocks.

Layton was far more than just simply a climber. We spent hours discussing fishing which seemed every bit as much a passion. He told me about spear fishing in Guam. He talked about frying fish in the Black Canyon and in the Wind Rivers at the base of those mighty walls. And of course we yucked it up about the local fishing. We got out fishing a couple times, once with great success another with a strike out, such is the sport.

Layton would always comment on any fancy masonry we drove near. Having seen the brickwork on his front porch one can only imagine the sort of masterpieces he created.

I miss that man, he sure was one of a kind.

Ron please keep us posted on any sorts of ceremonies. And let us know what we can do to help Karen and Arlan.


Albert Newman

Cam Burns

Social climber
CO
Apr 25, 2013 - 12:04am PT
http://www.youcaring.com/memorial-fundraiser/support-for-layton-kor/55319

Chris Archer and Steph Davis just set this up. Kudos to Chris and Steph.
the albatross

Gym climber
Flagstaff
Apr 25, 2013 - 12:07am PT
Thanks for the link, Cameron. Karen and Arlan will need some support.

Steph arranged for a pair of approach shoes for Layton a couple years back. I think they were size 13 double wides.

Patrick Oliver

Boulder climber
Fruita, Colorado
Apr 25, 2013 - 03:18am PT
Two fine friends, Layton Kor and Huntley Ingalls
Two fine friends, Layton Kor and Huntley Ingalls
Credit: Patrick Oliver
photo by Pat Ament
Patrick Oliver

Boulder climber
Fruita, Colorado
Apr 25, 2013 - 03:23am PT
Layton took this photo of me &#40;Pat Ament, left&#41; and Larry Dalke...
Layton took this photo of me (Pat Ament, left) and Larry Dalke, circa 1960
Credit: Patrick Oliver
Patrick Oliver

Boulder climber
Fruita, Colorado
Apr 25, 2013 - 03:29am PT
Karen and Layton &#40;photo by Pat Ament&#41;
Karen and Layton (photo by Pat Ament)
Credit: Patrick Oliver
crunch

Social climber
CO
Apr 25, 2013 - 11:52am PT
Pat, those are special.

I found it very difficult to get Layton to smile for a photo. Even Huntley Ingalls grumbled about how hard it was to get a nice portrait, fifty years ago, because Layton would never keep still.

Physically he slowed down, but his mind would still start pacing up and down, just as fast as ever.

Thanks!
NickCafe

climber
Apr 25, 2013 - 12:35pm PT
Great photos, Pat! Layton frequently had a twinkle in his eye, most cameras weren't sensitive enough to capture it!
Betty Uno

Mountain climber
Colorado
Apr 25, 2013 - 07:35pm PT

I am very sorry for this loss, but I feel he hasn't gone far.

He seemed to me like an earth spirit, in touch with the heart of the earth.





Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Apr 25, 2013 - 08:55pm PT
Some rare appearances on this thread.

Just had a long talk with Karen. She is strong (has been alone before).
Jody and Chris are helping immensely.

I'll probably put together a memorial celebration out in the desert this fall when things cool down, but Chris is down with having a special gig in Boulder with some of Layton's partners who might have difficulty with travel.
It is not written in stone but they are talking about saturday , June 8.

(feedback from Boulderites welcome)
Cam Burns

Social climber
CO
Apr 25, 2013 - 10:35pm PT
Dan McGee suggested I post this. Thanks, Dan, for a great image.

Layton taming the local wildlife. Another thanks to Steve Bartlett for...
Layton taming the local wildlife. Another thanks to Steve Bartlett for getting these together.
Credit: Dan McGee
Cam Burns

Social climber
CO
Apr 25, 2013 - 10:43pm PT
Another one from Dan.

Dan: "he's getting ice-runoff into my 5 yr old daughters breakfast mug...
Dan: "he's getting ice-runoff into my 5 yr old daughters breakfast mug..! sorry, Nanda, you'll get it back when we get home..!" Dan, my friend, you're busted! Nanda? P.S. Thanks to Steve Bartlett for getting these images together.
Credit: Dan McGee
foxo

Trad climber
ashland, or
Apr 25, 2013 - 10:54pm PT
Layton is THE reason I got in to this wacky business of climbing so many adventures ago. Thanks man.
Cam Burns

Social climber
CO
Apr 25, 2013 - 11:13pm PT
Another one from Dan McGee: Layton training llamas.
Another great pic from Dan McGee. Again thanks to Steve Bartlett for p...
Another great pic from Dan McGee. Again thanks to Steve Bartlett for pulling these together.
Credit: Dan McGee
Allen Hill

Social climber
CO.
Apr 26, 2013 - 12:08am PT
photo not found
Missing photo ID#300564
Cam Burns

Social climber
CO
Apr 26, 2013 - 12:41am PT
Layton sorting out for an attempt at a tower in March 2009.
Layton sorting out for an attempt at a tower in March 2009.
Credit: Cameron Burns
Patrick Oliver

Boulder climber
Fruita, Colorado
Apr 26, 2013 - 12:44am PT
I am all for a Boulder memorial, headed by Chris and the Boulder group.
Layton wanted to go to Boulder, was really desiring another visit, and
spoke to me about it often. He and I made some plans, and life got in the
way. He loved Boulder, what with so many good memories, so many friends,
so many climbs and places. And of course that Mackay Auditorium show
that was so well advertised and so successful and reminded him of how
large his climbing family in that spiritual home actually is.
Captain...or Skully

climber
Apr 26, 2013 - 12:46am PT
I'd be into some kinda memorial gathering.
Cam Burns

Social climber
CO
Apr 26, 2013 - 12:54am PT
Here's a pic of three wonderful people. Taken by my dear old dad, whom...
Here's a pic of three wonderful people. Taken by my dear old dad, whom I dragged out to Kingman to meet Layton.
Credit: Kerry L. Burns
Patrick Oliver

Boulder climber
Fruita, Colorado
Apr 26, 2013 - 03:26am PT
Now that's a great shot. Thanks Cameron and Kerry!
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