On Episode 158 of the Enormocast, I sit down in my sweet Denver hotel room with Ken Yager and Allyson Gunsallus of the Yosemite Climbing Association. Ken Yager started the Yosemite Facelift event 15 years ago out of his pickup, and the gathering has since cleaned up mountains of trash and debris from Yosemite Valley. Surreptitiously, Yager has also been kindling a love affair between climbers and NPS law enforcement. Ken also has been diligently collecting and housing artifacts from Yosemite climbing history as far back as its very beginning. He’s been working for 20+ years to get a permanent museum space in the the park, and he feels that the NPS is on the verge of giving in. What’s more, Ken has climbed continuously in the Valley as long as anybody and longer than most.
On Episode 157, I sit down in Bishop California with adventure climber and long lost friend, Katie Lambert, for a raucous, story-filled interview. Katie recounts her journey from the distinctly climbingless State of Louisiana to Toulumne and Yosemite Valley. Katie tells of her travails trying to get into America’s Hat, climbing in the Northwest Territories and more. She has been running clinics at the Women’s Climbing Festival and explains why its important that women find each other in climbing. Finally, Katie show’s us the essence of life and death at #katiesgrosspicsofinstagram
On Episode 156 of the Enormocast, we find the second half of an interview with artist, photographer, climber, historian, Dean Fidelman. Dean was/is a Stonemaster, was/is a Stone Monkey – the only guy to really span those two distant eras. His climbing odyssey began in the early 70s at Stony Point in Los Angeles, and 40 some years later, Dean remains dedicated to living the dream in Yosemite, a place he found not long after beginning climbing. Now Dean is striving to chronicle all the history he has seen through the lens of his camera and hoping to mentor those who will capture the epic climbing history of today and tomorrow.