Climbing pioneer Harding set for Truckee appearance

Sierra Sun Staff

Yosemite rock climbing pioneer Warren Harding is scheduled to make a presentation in Truckee on Saturday, Dec. 6, at Wild Cherries Coffee House.

Harding will present “The Rise and Fall of a Yosemite Legend,” a slide show covering over 30 years of big wall climbing.

The cost of the presentation is $5, which will benefit the Truckee Donner Land Trust.

Harding, who made the first ascent of Yosemite’s 3,000 foot high monolith El Capitan in 1958, is regarded as one of mountaineering’s more colorful and eccentric characters.

Harding is well known for his indefatigable spirit, including an epic 27-day ascent of “The Wall of the Early Morning Light,” another revolutionary first ascent on El Capitan. Harding last climbed El Capitan in 1989 at age 65.

An author and lecturer, Harding is the founder of the Low Sierra Eating and Drinking Society.

He also established the Downward Bound Rock Climbing School, is the publisher if Descent Magazine and the author of a biography, Downward Bound.

Harding will also make a special presentation at The Passage on Thursday, Dec. 4.

The cost is $50 and includes dinner. Seating is limited. Reservations may be made by calling the Truckee Donner Land Trust at 582-4711.

The Truckee Donner Land Trust is a non-profit citizens group dedicated to preserving the region’s historic, scenic and recreational lands.

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