Another "Gateway to Adventure"

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Posted by Ballpark Frank ( on 10:03:03 06/06/14

In Reply to: Sounds like fun! posted by Rob


The distant descent off Avalanche deposits one in the saddle between Avalanche and Hoyt, so you could use it to launch an ascent of Hoyt. You could also venture out to the northeast to an area on the national forest featuring other tempting destinations. (We are only limited by our imagination and energy.)

I lived in Boulder, Colorado from 1965 to 1969, and again from 1979 to 1997. In the late 1960s, a climbing friend of mine, who was a member of Rocky Mountain Rescue, took me into Eldorado Canyon. We were watching several groups of climbers on the Red Garden Wall, when Layton Kor showed up with a rookie climber in tow. We watched Kor lead a route up the Bastille, a vertical piece of rock. About 100-150 feet up, Kor stopped on a ledge. There, with no protection fixed, and a belay rope around his waist, Kor leaned out over the void pointing out elements of the route to the rookie, who he was belaying. I was dumbstruck watching this! It all worked out.

Kor pioneered hundreds of climbing routes throughout the western U.S. He did famous climbs in the company of folks like Chris Bonnington, Yvon Chouinard, and Royal Robbins. He made the first winter ascent of the Diamond on Longs Peak with Bob Culp and Wayne Goss. I could go on and on, but I would simply suggest Googling Layton Kor.

I remember looking at the North Face of the Eiger with that same Rocky Mountain Rescue friend, on the ground in Switzerland, in 1971. We were discussin the mountain's reputation as a killer. Ironically, it was five years earlier that Kor, Bonnington, and others were attempting a direct line up the Eiger, when John Harlin's rope severed, and he plunged to his death.

There is so much mountain in the area where Kor lived in the 1960s. You will love it!


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