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Are These The Best Photos From Yosemite, Ever? We Think So.

This curated selection of Glen Denny images captures the rawness and wild adventure of Yosemite in the 1960s.


Glen Denny 1939-2022 was perhaps the top photographer prowling the walls during Yosemite’s Golden Era, spanning from around 1960 to 1970. His iconic images grace numerous books and are often featured in films and video. Certainly they are remembered. Denny didn’t only chronicle pivotal moments in Yosemite climbing history, he added to it with numerous big ascents such as Astroman and the third repeat of The Nose, a deal of the magnitude of a lunar landing in 1963. The curated selection of Glen Denny photos that follow capture the vitality and wildness of The Valley BITD and are a tribute to Denny who passed this week, moving on to the eternal climb.

Also Read: Glen Denny, Yosemite Golden-Age Pioneer, Has Died. By John Long

Climber on El Capitan, Yosemite, on Boot Flake.
Lito Tejada-Flores on the King Swing. Photo taken from a helicopter during the shooting of the film El Capitan in 1968. (Photo: Glen Denny)

Scenic of El Capitan, Yosemite Valley.
El Capitan was still shrouded with mystery in the 1960s. (Photo: Glen Denny)

Royal Robbins descending Half Dome, Yosemite.
Royal Robbins after Tis-sa-sack first ascent on Half Dome, 1969. (Photo: Glen Denny)

Rock climbers on Lost Arrow Spire, Yosemite.
Lost Arrow Spire. Warren Harding on lead, belayed by Bob Swift on Easter, 1962. (Photo: Glen Denny)
Doug Robinson rock climber in Yosemite.
Doug Robinson, who would popularize the ethic of using nuts instead of pins for protection. (Photo: Glen Denny)

Rock climbers Steve Roper and Eric Beck in Yosemite in the 1960s.
Steve Roper, author of Yosemite’s first guidebook and long-time editor of Ascent, with Eric Beck. (Photo: Glen Denny)

People in Camp 4, Yosemite.
Dinnertime, Camp 4, Yosemite. (Photo: Glen Denny)

Rock Climber Glen Denny in Yosemite.
Chuck Pratt, offwidth pioneer and leading rock climber in the 1960s and 1970s. (Photo: Glen Denny)
Campers in Camp 4, Yosemite National Park.
Sleeping in, Camp 4, 1960s. (Photo: Glen Denny)