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Speaker Series Part 9: Mike Corbett Presents A History Of Rock Climbing in Yosemite Valley

MARIPOSA — Known as “Mr. El Cap,” Mike Corbett will present his most memorable rock climbs at the Mariposa Museum on Saturday, October 12, at 6 p.m.

Mike Corbett arrived in Yosemite in the mid-1970s during the height of what some would call the “Stone Master” era, a term coined by a group of Southern California climbers led by Jim Bridwell.

His first climb was a popular route on Glacier Point Apron called “Monday Morning Slab – Right Side.”

Others followed in rapid succession and it wasn’t long before he had his sights set on El Capitan.

By 1985, Corbett’s ascents of El Cap were in the dozens.

Corbett is perhaps best known for leading Mark Wellman up the Shield route for the first paraplegic ascent of El Capitan in 1989.

That same year he led Warren Harding on his last climb of the Nose (El Capitan.)

The list goes on. To date, he has climbed the monolith 56 times. Nine of his El Cap ascents were in one day and three were first ascents.

Corbett doesn’t consider himself a part of Bridwell’s subculture, though his accomplishments easily place him in the master class of rock climbing.

Admission is free for the event.

A $5 appetizer buffet will be available courtesy of Charles Street Dinner House.

$5 beer and wine is available for individuals 21 and over with valid I.D.

 

 

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