The Wild History of Yosemite’s Most Popular Route

The organizer of this summer of ‘65 escapade was a Berkeley math major named Eric Beck. Among the ruffians, carousers, dissidents, and maestros manufacturing the Golden Age of Yosemite climbing, Beck was a wry bohemian and brazen dirt-bagger. He was one of the first artful scarfers at the Lodge cafeteria, and he’d famously be quoted, “At either end of the social spectrum there lies a leisure class.” Beck was efficient in every way, with a lot of avant-garde mileage on edgy face routes on Middle Cathedral, a

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