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A Charmed Moment in Climbing History

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Yosemite in the Fifties

To walk up to a granite slab 65 years ago, and to think of climbing it one day, to most, would seem like a distant fantasy. But the Iron Age of climbing, with all of its grit and tenacity, is what made the idea of accessible adventure and breaking through the human barrier what it is today. Yosemite in the Fifties, a new book from Patagonia, masterfully reminds us of these roots.

Yosemite climbers, Dean Fidelman and John Long, along with Tom Adler have done a fantastic job preserving the stories of one of the most important eras in climbing history. "Generations of climbers have since shown us that the Yosemite pioneers caused a sea shift in a sport now regularly practiced by over 20 million people worldwide," says Long, a veteran climbing writer.

A look at some of the rudimentary climbing tools used provides a sense of perspective, when compared to modern standards; yet portrays a spirit that transcends modern climbing necessity. "I want readers to take away the concept that less is more, that true adventure is about the unknown," says Fidelman, co-author and long-time climbing photographer.

Through Artfully restored photographs that chronicle the historic first ascents of Yosemite's now famous granite walls, along with words from climbers of that era, the new coffee table read gives real substance to the legends of the past: unforgettable and unrelenting personalities that pioneered routes through innovation and exploration, whose endeavours ultimately shaped the world of adventure sports.

Mark Powell, Dolt, and Warren Harding (circa 1957) hitting the cheap jug after a rainy exploratory on El Capitan. Photo: Beverly Powell Woolsey

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