"What a teacher the school of granite has been. The opportunity to write ourselves into these boulders and big walls has created stories that can help us understand who we are."
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At sixteen years of age Ron Kauk went climbing in the Sierra for the summer and found the miracle of life. The natural world became his teacher and he signed up for the school of granite walls, rivers, oaks and the mystery of changing days and seasons. For years he lived in Camp 4 with an international group of nonconformist climbers, existing simply, stimulating his senses, and learning how to live in harmony with the vertical world. He found all his relations right there in Yosemite--the falcons, bears, deer, rock--a feeling that everything belongs. Over two decades he made legendary first ascents throughout Yosemite, including bouldering in Camp 4 on Midnight Lightening and Thriller; short free climbs such as Tales of Power and Separate Reality; a first free ascent of world-class Astroman; pushing the standards with Magic Line, recognized as the most difficult crack climb in Yosemite; and hanging on all the big walls for days at a time, including two first ascents on El Capitan. Now, thirty years into his climbing adventure, Kauk's commitment is to be of service to the natural world through raising awareness in the community, protecting the earth, and helping new generations recognize the values of respect and responsibility to our source of life.About the Author:
Ron Kauk is a world-renowned rock climber, and has been featured in magazines including Outside, Rock and Ice, and Climbing. He has been climbing since the 1970s, and works diligently to protect Yosemite from overdevelopment and abuse. He lives in Yosemite, California.
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