Before Dean Potter ever took flight in a wingsuit or Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson plotted out their route up the Dawn Wall (and, well, before the plague, apparently), Yosemite National Park played host to a long lineage of rock-climbing legends. Now, a forthcoming book from Patagonia takes a look back at what the Valley looked like during the birth of adventure sports.
Yosemite in the Fifties features restored photos and original source material: stunning photos of the national park, the period’s climbing gear shot against solid white backgrounds and black-and-white and full-color photos that capture the spirit of the Valley’s “Iron Age,” from the historic first ascents of many of the park’s granite walls to the larger-than-life personalities who risked their lives to climb them (many of whom were also featured in last year’s documentary, Valley Uprising.)
“Yosemite in the Fifties is not so much a book as a wormhole back to a charmed moment in the history of exploration, and a classic era of America now lost in time,” says John Long, who compiled the book with Dean Fidelman and designer Tom Adler.
Set to be released later this fall (but available for pre-order on Amazon now!), it’s pretty much a must-have coffee-table tome for, oh, the now 20 million people worldwide who regularly go climbing.
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