Layton Kor, the King has died

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Jan

Mountain climber
Okinawa, Japan
Apr 24, 2013 - 05:20pm PT
There are some nice longer tributes to Layton on Climbing.com

Two of them come from cousins of his. Kordeen Kor whom I heard much about from Layton in recent years, fills in many of the missing years when Layton was away from climbing and living in the Phillipines and Guam.

Both cousins touch on something not mentioned about him yet.

Kordeen Kor noted,

"He never wanted to flaunt his accomplishments and often spoke to me about how he was not interested in making his life and climbing into a spectacle."

and third cousin Barry Johnson wrote:

"The thing I learned from Layton over the brief 4 ½ years I knew him was to never stop exploring. Don’t rest or brag about what you’ve already done. Always look for the undone and do it. Keep your mind active with learning new things. Take time for other people. And “Getting old is no fun”. "
JU Vegas

climber
Las Vegas, NV
Apr 24, 2013 - 06:37pm PT
I'm glad to see Layton's family writing about the non-climbing side of him. His legendary status in alpinism has taken on a life of its own, and has spun into something very grand. But it shouldn't be forgotten that his super human drive was also directed at love and devotion for his family. I met Layton only about seven years ago, and had the great fortune to rope up with him a couple of times, on virgin rock, of course. Due to kidney failure, walking winded him in minutes, but he came alive on the vertical terrain, navigating with grace over cracks and choss alike. Then the months and years robbed his body of the strength to hike and climb. He was pale and struggled to be comfortable, even confined to home. What irony for this great mountain man to be challenged in this way! But he answered me that he continued to live for the love of his wife and son. The valor that drove him to outrageous vertical places, was now directed toward places of the heart.

Jorge and I were blessed to have an afternoon with Layton, hours before he passed. He slept some. He talked some, and was conscious to the end, I'm told. He refused to be drugged up because he wanted every precious minute with his wife and son. Let us send our thoughts and prayers to Karen and Arlan, for Layton is irreplacable.

Joanne Urioste
cornel

Big Wall climber
Lake Tahoe, Nevada
Apr 24, 2013 - 07:22pm PT
I will never forget reading an article about a climb Layton did with (Pat Ament I believe) that captured his essence. That amazing inspirational spirit of his...never forgot it. Layton catalyzed a new mindset for my approach to climbing..after that. Focus and get the hell up that pitch.. Attack it, no wasted energy over thinking it...dawdling..especially big walling...focus and go, now! Thank you Layton...you improved my climbing...my life
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Apr 24, 2013 - 09:24pm PT
Condolences to family and friends. The Kor stories are legend.

As others have said, Ron O went the distance.

Peace to you Layton.
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Apr 24, 2013 - 10:17pm PT
Well, I haven't quite gone the distance yet until I see that Arlan and Karen have the resources that they need to go on.

A friend of hers is coming out from CA tomorrow to help her. Some elders from her church came by. They will have a service, but Karen told Jody today that she wants there to be a climbers memorial service at some point in the future, and that he and I should plan a good location.

So for those who were anticipating a trip shortly in order to pay your respects, hold off.
I'll back and forth with Jody and some friends in Boulder. Well put something special together.

For now Karen is a bit overwhelmed, but she has people helping her.
Allen Hill

Social climber
CO.
Apr 24, 2013 - 10:53pm PT
Great photos Albert!
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
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