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Allen Steck

Allen Steck

Allen Steck, born in 1926, is an American mountaineer and alpine climber. He has climbed around the world, achieving a number of first ascents, including the Steck-Salathé Route up Sentinel Rock in Yosemite Valley, and the Hummingbird Ridge in Canada. Jointly with Norman Clyde, he was the first recipient of the Sierra Club’s Francis P. Farquhar Mountaineering Award in 1970. Also in 1970, he won the American Alpine Club’s Literary Award for coauthoring Fifty Classic Climbs of North America with Steve Roper.

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This distant view of the Hummingbird Ridge shows the immensity of the climb, starting at the rocky cliffs at lower right to the summit three and a half miles away and some 13,000 feet higher. Photo: Roy Johnson Jr.

First Ascent of the Hummingbird Ridge (1965)

Nov 16, 2017 November 16, 2017

In honor of the release of A Mountaineer’s Life by Allen Steck, Patagonia Books is pleased to share this excerpt from chapter eight.  Camp II was a desperate and fearful place. We spent seven days there in severe weather. We could not leave the tents… Read More