Yosemite in the Sixties is a 144-page anthology of rock climber and photographer Glen Denny’s documentation of climbing’s golden age in Yosemite Valley. Throughout the late 1950s and 60s, a tightly knit group of climbers ushered in a new era of the sport. Fueled by a stable diet of canned food, the climbers tackled unprecedented summits, and developing techniques and tools that would change the sport forever.
The book is as much about climbing, as it is about the inherent kinship and subsequent style of the group. Glen Denny reveals the lighter side of Camp 4 — the home base for the climbers — capturing his fellow climbers’ personalities, parties, chasing girls and other down time activity in well-worn sweaters and turtlenecks that followed more function than form – but eventually became the general uniform of the campsite.
Now that fall is officially underway, here’s to gathering the gear, heading out to conquer some mountains, and enjoying some time outside. Cheers.
*Photographs courtesy of glendenny.com.