10/16/13 - Pat Ament, one of the leaders of 1960s bouldering and free climbing in America, was inducted into the Boulder Sports Hall of Fame in late September. Ament, 67, entered the hall of fame along with cyclist Dale Stetina, runner Steve Jones, and triathlete Joanne Ernst.
Ament began climbing in Boulder as a young teen, and soon partnered up with leading climbers like Layton Kor and John Gill. A college gymnast, he led some of the first 5.11 routes in the country. Ament also was one of the first climbers to devote himself to bouldering, establishing many desperate problems on the sandstone blocks of Flagstaff Mountain in Boulder.
Ament became well-known as one of the leading literary voices of American climbing, publishing many articles and more than 30 books. He now lives in Fruita, Colorado, just west of Grand Junction.
The three-year-old Boulder Sports Hall of Fame was created by running journalist Mike Sandrock. Last year, Boulder climbing legends Roger Briggs and Jim Erickson were the first climbers to be honored.
Date of event: September 28, 2013