Shopping From the Desert: Layton Kor

Growing up as a library hound and a rock climber, I read a lot of dusty books about climbing from the 1960s and 1970s. There were always a lot of references to Layton Kor, the giant of a man climbing the sandiest towers that Utah has to offer. The famous Kor-Ingalls route on Castleton Tower is one of a series of brilliant FAs that Kor accomplished in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

This kind of climbing never did it for me – the crumbling choss of the Cascades was bad enough, and I mostly stuck to cleaned-up areas like Smith.

Away from the mud, he also made a long list of FAs in Colorado – Long’s Peak, Eldorado Canyon, Black Canyon, and so on.

Mr Kor is in trouble of the kidney kind. Please consider donating to the fund to get some new kidneys to Layton and get him back out on the rock. (Most images taken from laytonkorclimbing.com)

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