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Going Home: The Lives And Deaths Of Three Yosemite Climbers

Photo Caption:  Dean Potter hangs out with “Willard,” a half-mummified bird he found in El Cap Meadow, photo courtesy Dean Fidelman

MARIPOSA — The guest speaker series supporting the exhibit A History of Rock Climbing in Yosemite Valley continues at the Mariposa Museum with Chris Van Leuven on Friday, May 24 at 6 p.m.

Van Leuven is a freelance writer and former editor at Alpinist Magazine. He grew up in Marin County, California, before moving to Yosemite at age 18, where he’s lived off and on since 1995.

His story Going Home, about the lives and deaths of Yosemite climbers Dean Potter, Sean “Stanley” Leary and Graham Hunt, was featured in Best American Sports Writing 2016. Navigating the motivation of some to push the boundaries of human potential — sometimes at great physical risk — Going Home examines the ultimate reward or consequences that can follow.

Admission is free for this event. Please visit the Mariposa Museum on Facebook for event updates or call (209) 966-2924.

Featuring artifacts from iconic first climbing ascents in Yosemite Valley, the Mariposa Museum and History Center and Yosemite Climbing Association installed A History of Rock Climbing in Yosemite Valley in early April.

Yosemite Climbing Association is a non-profit dedicated to preserving Yosemite climbing history and the pursuit of a permanent museum in Yosemite Valley.

Mariposa Museum and History Center

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