Dolt Patents and Drawings

Dolt Patents and Drawings

Bill "Dolt" Feuerer's mail box. Dolt was well known for his fine craftmanship of climbing equipment in the 1960's. He was a prolific designer and manufacturer. Dolt was a genius ahead of his time. Click on the picture to see some of his patents, drawings and a couple photos.

Robert Underhill Letter

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Robert Underhill Letter

Robert Underhill introduced the European rope techniques to California climbers. This letter was in one of the RCS binders that Richard Leonard compiled. More RCS scans from the binders to follow.

Topos and a Drawing from Lower and Higher Cathedral Notebooks

Topos and a Drawing from Lower and Higher Cathedral Notebooks

The summit team after the first ascent in 1934. From left to right, Bestor Robinson, Richard Leonard and Jules Eichorn. From the Higher Cathedral Spire Notebook. Click on the photo to see the drawings.

I am a rock engineer and proud of it!

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An original Bestor Robinson article written after the first ascents of the Cathedral Spires.

RCS Scorecard Sheets

RCS Scorecard Sheets

Richard Leonard of the Rock Climbing Section(RCS) of the Sierra Club kept meticulous records of RCS climber exams that were used to determine group leaders for climbing outings. These scorecards were kept in binders and donated to YCA by Richard Leonard. Click on the image to view the RCS scorecards.

Chuck Pratt: Past 50 and No Falls

Chuck Pratt: Past 50 and No Falls







Chuck Pratt and John Martin Meek in the Dornan's parking lot in Jackson Hole probably in the summer of 2000.

 
 

                               CHUCK PRATT: Past 50 and No Falls

                An Odyssey With One of America's Greatest Rock Climbers

                                            By John Martin Meek

 

(This article originally was written in 1991 after submitting the idea to Michael Kennedy at Climbing Magazine. But, because I could not locate Chuck to get his approval, it was never sent to Climbing. Anyone who does not understand why I wanted his approval did not really know Chuck Pratt.)

Merced River Plan message from Jesse McGahey

To: All climbers who know and love Yosemite National Park:

I realize that many of you are probably rolling your eyes at this point about the planning process in Yosemite and the federal government in general, but being actively vocal and involved with this process is your best way of changing the things you don't like about Yosemite and keeping the aspects you love.

Yosemite National Park is revisiting the Merced River Plan after two previous plans resulted in litigation. This summer’s court settlement with the former plaintiffs allows the Park to move forward, essentially starting back at ground zero, with another plan. The court specifically asked us to have an open and transparent process.

As the climbing community’s liaison to the NPS, I see it as part of my job to encourage all of you to give your input on the future of all of the involved areas of the Merced. I am a part of the Core Team for the new Merced River Plan, and I will do my best to keep you informed on the process. To clarify here are some excerpts from the Park Service's Planning, Environment & Public Comment (PEPC) website:

Richard Leonard rappelling at Cragmont

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Richard Leonard rappelling at Cragmont

Mike Rettie acquired Lewis Clark's photos at an estate auction. Fortunately, he realized what they were and their value. He has been scanning them and then will give them to the Bancroft. To see more of these photos check out his website.

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Granite Frontiers, the final product at the Autry National Center

Granite Frontiers, the final product at the Autry National Center

Here are some photos of the finished product. The exhibit will be up until October 4th and then available to other venues. It is travelling for three years until it returns to Yosemite. To see about availability for a showing in your area please contact us. Click on the image to see more photos.

Ask-A-Climber Program

Ask-A-Climber Program

Photo by Tom Evans.

New this year, the Yosemite Climbing Association in partnership with the Yosemite Fund and the National Park Service are doing the Ask-A-Climber program. There is a knowledgeable climber with telescopes at El Cap Bridge every day from 1:00pm -3:00pm until October 15th. The public is encouraged to stop by and look at the climbers on El Cap and ask questions about climbing. The program has been very well received by the public and is a great way for the climbers to interact with the Park visitors.

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