Allen Steck Interview, 12/3/1995 PART 1

This interview was conducted and edited by John Meek.

Clean up projects.

Hello everybody,

I am starting to gear up for this year's Facelift. I am looking for cleanup project ideas. All of you cover more area in the Park than I can in one year. The climbers have been my best resource in the past and I hope you can be this year. Projects could be a heavily littered area that we have missed in previous Facelifts. Or it could be materials that just don't belong in a National Park (construction debris, dumpsites, rotting mattresses in a cave, etc...). You know, this kind of stuff.

It can be anywhere within the boundaries of Yosemite National Park. It also has to be less than 50 years old or else it is historical.

Facelift 2009 Results

I would like to thank everybody that participated at the 6th annual Yosemite Facelift in 2009. Your support helped to once again make the Facelift the best volunteer event in Yosemite National Park. This year we tried some new things to take the event in a greener direction.

We gave away 1,000 stainless steel Klean Kanteen bottles to the volunteers with the hopes of reducing the use of bottled water. REI donated money to purchase bicycles and trailers which were extremely useful for early morning setup, afternoon breakdown, running errands, recruiting volunteers, and supplying volunteers in the field. We also had signature event glasses for the refreshments during the evening programs. These glasses cut down the use of plastic cups to practically none. There was plenty of free coffee in the mornings and for the evening programs donated by Peets. New Belgian Brewing Company provided beer and Redwood Creek Winery provided wine for the six evening programs. ClifBar gave away thousands of bars and helped cover the cost of the outdoor music program on Saturday night in front of the VisitorCenter. More than 50 sponsors donated raffle prizes for the event.

Piton Puller

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Piton Puller

Piton maker Dick Long of Longware fame made this piton puller.

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.)

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