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Valley Walls : A Memoir of Climbing & Living in Yosemite (Paperback) (Glen Denny)

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Half a century before the first free ascent of El Capitan’s Dawn Wall captivated audiences around the world in 2015, a rag-tag group of innovators were building a foundation for modern American rock climbing from their makeshift home base in Yosemite’s historic Camp 4. Photographer Glen Denny was a key figure in that golden age of climbing in the 1950s and 1960s, capturing pioneering feats on camera while tackling challenging ascents himself.As Denny recounts stories from this formative time in Yosemite, a cornerstone of past and present climbing culture, he reveals a young man’s coming of age, guided by some of the best as they honed their craft and reached for the top of their world.Denny’s entertaining short pieces provide a vivid look at Yosemite’s early climbing culture. He masterfully relates the experience of training alongside climbing legend Warren Harding, the precarious task of hauling water inglass gallon ****** up the east face of Washington Column, and daring exploits such as nailing the 750-foot Rostrum in a punishing heat wave and dangling overnight on El Capitan’s Dihedral Wall in a lightning storm, feeling rock that had not been touched since it emerged from the ice a million years ago, clean and white.” Each true tale captures the spirit of Camp 4&mdashthe Yosemite Valley locale where Denny and others plan and pull off the next big climb while living on the cheap and dodging park rangers.The compelling writing reflects both the boldness that secured Denny's place among the forefathers of American rock climbing and the quiet perception that frames his famous photographs of the era. The humor and heart of Denny’s memories, brought to life on the page with his iconic black-and-white images of Yosemite’s big wall legends, will enrich the climbing literary landscape.
Number of Pages: 225
Genre: Biography + Autobiography, Sports + Recreation, Travel
Sub-Genre: USA / West / Pacific, Sports, Mountaineering
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Pgw
Author: Glen Denny
Language: English
Street Date: May 10, 2016
TCIN: 51213476
UPC: 9781930238633
Item Number (DPCI): 248-17-9297
MSRPReg: $18.95 Save $6.07 (32% off)

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