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Layton Kor during the first ascent of The Titan in the Fisher Towers near Moab, Utah, in May 1962. Photograph by National Geographic photographer Barry Bishop

Layton Kor during the first ascent of The Titan in the Fisher Towers near Moab, Utah, in May 1962. Photograph by National Geographic photographer Barry Bishop

Layton Kor, one of the most prolific and accomplished American climbers of the 1960's, passed away on April 21, 2013.  His visionary climbs and epic stories were a driving force in my own development as a climber in the late 70's and 80's.

Layton Kor, one of the most prolific and accomplished American climbers of the 1960's, passed away on April 21, 2013. His visionary climbs and epic stories were a driving force in my own development as a climber in the late 70's and 80's.

Layton Kor, one of the great American climbers, hanging out in Camp 4 in Yosemite Valley in 1965. Photograph by Glen Denny.

Layton Kor, one of the great American climbers, hanging out in Camp 4 in Yosemite Valley in 1965. Photograph by Glen Denny.

Layton Kor after climbing the Diamond in 18 hours in August 1962. Photograph by Lowell George/Denver Post

Layton Kor after climbing the Diamond in 18 hours in August 1962. Photograph by Lowell George/Denver Post

Layton Kor

Layton Kor

Layton Kor and Jeff Lowe in 2011.

Layton Kor and Jeff Lowe in 2011.

Layton Kor at the top of the Salathe Wall on El Capitan in 1967. Photograph by the late great Galen Rowell who climbed the route with Layton.

Layton Kor at the top of the Salathe Wall on El Capitan in 1967. Photograph by the late great Galen Rowell who climbed the route with Layton.

"Gripping a stirrup, pace-setter Kor creeps below the Finger of Fate, a pinnacle with difficult overhangs that juts from the tower halfway to the top."  Layton Kor on the first ascent of The Titan.    From National Geographic Magazine (November 1962) about the 1962 ascent of The Titan in Utah's Fisher Towers by Kor, Huntley Ingalls, and George Hurley.

"Gripping a stirrup, pace-setter Kor creeps below the Finger of Fate, a pinnacle with difficult overhangs that juts from the tower halfway to the top." Layton Kor on the first ascent of The Titan. From National Geographic Magazine (November 1962) about the 1962 ascent of The Titan in Utah's Fisher Towers by Kor, Huntley Ingalls, and George Hurley.

Layton Kor memorial celebration and fundraiser this weekend

Cher is back on the charts with ‘Woman’s World’

Layton Kor memorial celebration and fundraiser this weekend

Layton Kor at his home in Kingman, Arizona, in April 2009. Photograph by Stewart M. Green.

Layton Kor at his home in Kingman, Arizona, in April 2009. Photograph by Stewart M. Green.

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