Camp 4 | Recollections of a Yosemite Rockclimber

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In the 1960's, California's Yosemite Valley was the center of the rock-climbing universe.  Young nonconformists - many of them the finest rock climbers in the world - channeled their energy toward the largely untouched walls and cracks.  Soon climbers from around the globe were coming to Camp 4 - gathering spot for the creators of the Golden Age of Yosemite climbing - to see what the fuss was about.

Climber and author Steve Roper spent most of 10 years living in the Yosemite Valley with its intriguing inhabitants.  Camp 4 is his take on the era's top climbers and the influences behind their achievements.  The text is full of stories both hilarious and revealing about the likes of bolt-disdaining Royal Robbins; fun-loving, big-wall expert Warren Harding; free-climber Frank Sacherer; multi-talented Chuck Pratt; master craftsman Yvon Chouinard; and ill-fated Mark Powell.  Roper also tips his hat to the elder statesmen of the 1930s and 1940s who pioneered early, important climbs in the valley.

Camp 4 looks at the most significant climbs, and the most riveting controversies of a legendary era.  With mroe than 50 fascinating historical photographs, most never before published, Camp 4 is the definitive history of Yosemite climbing during this period. 


  • Includes stories of such greats as Royal Robbins, Yvon Chouinard, Allen Steck and Warren Harding
  • Captures the raucous, outrageous, innovative spirit of climbing in Tesemite during the time period
  • Portrays the advances in equipment and style that revolutionized big-wall climbing
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