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.

Granite Frontiers reception photos

Granite Frontiers reception photos

The reception was great with about 500 people attending. The following 31 photographs were taken by Abel Gutierrez during the press conferance prior to and during the reception. Thank you Abel.

Special offer from the Autry National Center

Special offer from the Autry National Center

Granite Frontiers: A Century of Yosemite Climbing

June 12 - October 4

 

As a special friend of Ken Yager, you may join the Autry with a 20% discount off any membership level.  Please e-mail memberinfo@AutryNationalCenter.org and use code “KYAG” to receive your discount. 

 

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The Making of an Exhibit "Granite Frontiers"

The Making of an Exhibit "Granite Frontiers"

Granite Frontiers will be shown at the Autry National Center from June 12th - October 4th. A lot of work goes into making an exhibit. A special thanks to the proffesional staff at the Autry. They have been a real pleasure to work with. The following photos reflect some of that work. This exhibit is made possible by grants from the Yosemite Fund and the Autry National Center. Lots of pictures.

Dolt items

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Dolt items

A beautiful Dolt 2" angle.

Warren Harding in 1955

Warren Harding in 1955

Warren Harding during a photo shoot for the Saturday Evening Post.

MSR ?

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MSR ?

What are these called? Anyone ever use them? When were they available? They look like a Crack-n-up take-off. More views below.

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