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Camp 4: Recollections of a Yosemite Rockclimber

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In the 1960s, California's Yosemite Valley was the center of the rockclimbing universe. It was the perfect place for young nonconformists to drop out, hang loose, and channel their energy into climbing the valley's largely untouched walls and cracks. Many of these "misfits" were the finest rock climbers in the world. Some even shaped the future of the sport. And by the end ...more
Paperback, 255 pages
Published December 3rd 2005 by Mountaineers Books (first published September 1st 1994)
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Mike
May 12, 2014 rated it liked it
This was an interesting book to read while on a recent trip to Yosemite--an engaging account of an important chapter in the history of the Valley. As a non-climber, I would have benefited from a little primer on the climbing techniques he refers to frequently throughout the book; without them, I think this book is probably best suited for people who already know something about the sport. And without visuals to go along with his descriptions of various climbs, not to mention the many climbers in ...more
Norbert
Feb 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: lurdes bures
Shelves: mountain
From starting of climbing in Yosemite to the Golden Age, Steve Roper explains all the evolution the evolution that happened in Yosemite valley from the inside.

I enjoyed the book especially on the second part with the details of big walls attempts, description of the gear, the climbing philosophy, people thoughts and lives.
Jd Miller
Apr 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
An incredible look into the birth of one of America's outdoor subcultures. Steve Roper's detailed history provides a look into the ideologies that compelled young men to climb and adventure in a relatively unadventurous age. I find really interesting how the intent of the dirt bags was not really to rebel or reject society but to find a heteratopia that was the absence of normal society.
Vicki Hill
Jan 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If you love rock climbing stories, the Sierra Nevada, and all the "interwoven" relationships of the early climbers (and later to become major outdoor garment and gear gurus), you'll really enjoy this book
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“I find that rockclimbing is the finest, most healthiest sport in the whole world. It is much healthier than most; look at baseball, where 10,000 sit on their ass to watch a handful of players. —John Salathé, 1974” 0 likes
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