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Patagonia Rock Climbing Ambassador Ron Kauk
Ron Kauk

Ron Kauk

Rock Climbing
Hometown
San Francisco, CA
Resides
Yosemite, CA
Ron draws from his wide range of experiences in climbing, which include bouldering (first ascent of Midnight Lightning), long routes (first free ascent of Astroman), and mountaineering (first ascent East Face of Uli Biaho, Pakistan). Ron formed a vision from these experiences, which he turned into Sacred Rok, a nonprofit that seeks the wisdom of nature’s way, bringing young people into the world of Yosemite.
Career Highlights
  • First ascent of Midnight Lightning, Yosemite, California
  • First ascent of Separate Reality, Yosemite, California
  • First free ascent of Astroman, Yosemite, California
  • First ascent of Crossroads (5.13d/5.14a), Yosemite, California
  • First free ascent of Magic Line (5.14b), Yosemite, California
  • First ascent of the East Face of Uli Biaho, Pakistan
  • Performed rock climbing scenes in movies for Tom Cruise and Sylvester Stallone
  • Produced Return to Balance: A Climber’s Journey (with Sterling Johnson), which appeared on PBS
  • Author of Spirit of the Rock (published by Gibbs Smith)
  • Founded non-profit Sacred Rok, to bring young people into the world of Yosemite