Ron Kauk

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    While at the park last weekend, I attended the film “Return to Balance: A Climber’s Journey” in the Visitor Center Theater. $6.00. Ron Kauk is a major Big Wall climber who is on hand at each showing to introduce it and answer questions.

He began climbing at a very young age and made the first free ascent of the east face of Washington Column. His group renamed the route Astroman This route was known as the hardest long free route in Yosemite Valley for over 10 years. Kauk doubled for Sylvester Stallone in the movie Cliffhanger. Later he trained Tom Cruise for Mission: Impossible II’s climbing scenes. The movie is in 1080i High Definition and is eye candy. Great music too. It chronicles his life on the big walls and he communicates an environmental message that we are all connected. The only complaint is that he is seen drinking from the streams and filling a bottle directly. Hmmm, maybe he’s immune to Giardia, but impressionable youth might take his lead and drink untreated  water. I bought his book and a copy of the DVD. 

    Sad times – seeing Half  Dome in my rear view mirror.

 

Unrelated thought worth quoting: “If I could not walk far and fast, I think I whould just explode and perish.” – Charles Dickens

*Mr. Half Dome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com

About Mr Half Dome - Rick Deutsch

Mr Half Dome. Has written the only half dome hiking guide, One Best Hike: Yosemite's Half Dome. Has hiked it 31 times to day. Lives in San Jose, CA Available for presentations. Carpe Diem Experience, LLC
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  1. mrhalfdome says:

    I can easily see him as a double for Stallone. I have the DVD of Cliffhanger and will load it up.

  2. andy says:

    I went to junior high school with him. He looks good for 53! LOL Maybe I should have climbed walls.

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