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I've climbed at Pinnacles National Park for 37 years and know it very well. I can give good advice to anyone who is new to the area. I may also be of help with questions about Yosemite and the Sierras. I'm not a wall climber and have small experience with aid techniques. Don't ask me about Excaliber. Peaks? Whitney (several routes), Mt. Humphreys, North Palisade, Mt.Sill, all the Cathedrals, and others. I'm interested in climbing history and might help with historical questions, as well.

Experience in the area

I've climbed in Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada for 35 years. My home crags are in the Pinnacles National Monument. I've put up a dozen new routes there - ground up, bolts placed from stance. I've led 5.11, but I'm down to 5.9 these last few years. I'm currently working on a couple of lines at Courtright Reservoir. Organizations: Friends of the Pinnacles   Sierra Club, Ventana Chapter, American Alpine Club. Publications: Ascent 1989 Ascent 1993 Ascent 1999 The Climbing Art -- many times; "High" magazine, 1st place in 1999 fiction contest, !st place in 2001 fiction contest; most recently a story of mine placed 2nd in the 2008 mountaineering literature short fiction contest and is published on the UKC website ( Education/Credentials: AB UC Santa Cruz, 1970 in history; California Lifetime Teaching Credential


American Alpine Club, Sierra Club


A climbing story of mine placed second in the 2008 UKC contest. It can be viewed at this site:


I've got an AB in British History from U.C. Santa Cruz and a life teaching credential from California.

What do you like about this subject?

Climbing offers lifelong rewards-physical, spiritual and intellectual - to participants at all levels of difficulty. The caveat is to stay safe.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

There's always a new summit, a new beauty to perceive.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

Hemingway once remarked that there only three genuine sports: car racing, bull fighting, and mountain climbing. He was right.

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Tony Mills11/01/11101010Thanks. That'll be great
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Evi01/19/11101010Thanks alot.
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Recent Answers from Robert Walton

2012-12-07 paracord:

J,    I have no knowledge about the capabilities of paracord.  UAIA tested climbing ropes and accessory cords are widely available (REI is most obvious) and I suggest acquiring and using them if anybody's

2012-05-09 Setting a top rope:

Dear Pat,    I've not climbed in Iowa, though I've got lots of family in Sioux City.  Someday.      I'm not sure I have enough information to answer your question.  Are you going to place your anchors

2012-02-16 Fun, hard, but most importantly safe routes on Pinnacles east side.:

Kenny,    I forgot to mention the Pinnacles climbers' forum Mud 'N Crud.  Most active Pinnacles climbers blog here and share info on routes.  Put up a thread and folks more knowledgeable than I will surely

2011-10-28 Trying to start:

Dear Ben,    It is most intelligent of you to recognize the difference between gym climbing and outdoor climbing.   The skill-sets required for staying safe in the mountains are intricate and are never

2011-01-07 Rock Climbing & Rock Classification:

Dear Evi,    Let me begin by saying that I visited Turkey in 2006.  My wife and i stayed for a month in Istanbul and Cappadocia.  We had a wonderful time.  This was only so because Turkish people treated


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