Stoney Point: Portrait of an American Crag—The Pioneers (Part 2)


Rock climbing at Stoney Point began way back in the early 1930’s when Glen Dawson brought the Sierra Club to the area to teach them the latest in modern rope technique. Having been a part of the first ascent of the East Face of Mt. Whitney, which at 5.7 was the hardest climb in America at the time, Dawson was somewhat of an expert.

By the 1950s climbing at the Point had developed into quite the social scene. Would be pioneers like Yvon Chouinard, Tom Frost, and Royal Robbins had just begun climbing and Stoney served as a focal point for their early adventures.

While the majority of the old school guys moved away, Bob Kamps was happy to keep the home fires burning and was a permanent fixture at Stoney Point for 50 years. 

A film by Cole Gibson and Matthew Talesfore.
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