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Ken Yager
Ken Yager

Ken Yager

Yosemite, CA USA

"You can do anything that you truly love to do, no matter how difficult."

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Ken's work combines: Action Sports, Environment & Nature, and Being Physically Active

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Day In The Life

Rock Climber

I'm an avid rock climber and dedicated to preserving Yosemite's climbing heritage.

Life & Career Milestones

My path in life has been direct

  • 1.

    As a kid, he was always climbing trees and tables.

  • 2.

    He'd go camping in Yosemite so he could climb El Capitan, but the forest rangers would kick him out during off-season.

  • 3.

    He wanted to keep climbing, so at age 17, he moved into a cave nearby.

  • 4.

    Said living in the cave was actually one of the best periods of his life: he had no chores, no rent to pay, nothing to do but climb.

  • 5.

    He made his money from sorting through trash to find cans.

  • 6.

    Says at the bottom of the face, you have a lot of doubts, but if you focus on the doubt, "you cut your own throat."

  • 7.

    On the way up the climb, there are days where you don't feel like moving, but once you reach the summit, it's the best feeling in the world.

  • 8.

    Says everything in life is like climbing: you start at the bottom, and you systematically work your way through it.