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R.I.P. Layton Kor
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Apr 22, 2013
He passed away last night due to kidney failure, according to

I've climbed many of his routes. I'll have to go climb some more in tribute.

It seemed like he was everywhere.

Layton Kor is Dead
From Highlands Ranch, CO
Joined Dec 16, 2012
283 points
Apr 22, 2013
RIP. I can't wait to do more of his routes in the future...he will live on through his climbs. Ben Brotelho
From Albany, NY
Joined May 4, 2011
350 points
Apr 22, 2013
The world just got slightly less badass. JCM
From Seattle, WA
Joined Jun 9, 2008
5 points
Apr 22, 2013
Wow! Truly sad news, but a life well lived, indeed. Benjamin Chapman
From Small Town, USA
Joined Jan 2, 2007
12,762 points
Apr 22, 2013
Layton Kor is one of my few climbing heroes, he was one of the true spiritual fathers of traditional climbing. His boldness and spirit for adventure were inspiring to say the least. A sad day to know he passed, but uplifting to remember who he was. RIP. Patrick Vernon
From Estes Park, CO
Joined Jan 1, 2001
910 points
Apr 22, 2013

I was offered the opportunity a couple of times to hang out with "the man" and I foolishly did not MAKE the time to pull it off and now really, really, regret it.

Sincerest CONDOLENCES to the Family, Partners, and Friends of Layton Kor. To me, the GREATEST of the GREATS in the climbing world!
From Yucca Valley, CA
Joined Oct 13, 2002
1,635 points
Apr 22, 2013
A legend to so many of us, he came to Los Alamos in the late 60s and Kor's Crack at Potrillo Cliffs was one of my favorite routes growing up. John Keller
Joined Aug 29, 2001
0 points
Apr 22, 2013
Very sad news, but a life well lived. Should be a lesson for us all. I have had the pleasure of climbing many of the routes he put up. What amazing vision. Nothing but respect and gratitude for such an amazing person. ROC
From Englewood, CO
Joined Feb 19, 2003
165 points
Apr 22, 2013
The last of the early BAD ASSES. In explaining to a colleague who he was my most successful attempt was to say, "Take any Chuck Norris joke you know and insert Laton Kor's name, a climber will laugh." The fitting response he then gave was, "I get it, he was a card carrying Bad Ass!" From what I gather from friends lucky enough to spend time with Laton, even towards the end, he was a man who definitely lived his entire life and didn't simply let it happen to him. The climbing world will be forever changed.

We are all circling the drain. Act Accordingly.

Much Love,

Wyatt Payne
From Littleton CO
Joined Apr 2, 2005
110 points
Apr 22, 2013
What a great life he lived! Though it is sad that he is gone, climbers everywhere should celebrate his life! RIP Mr. Kor! crankenstein
Joined Dec 20, 2005
0 points
Apr 22, 2013
Very sad indeed.
From the article it appears his last days were filled with pain.
May his Spirit now be carried with the wind.
R.I.P Layton Kor
From trollfreesociety
Joined Feb 15, 2010
5 points
Apr 22, 2013
So sorry to hear of his passing, he inspired so many, none more than those of us who started in trad, you wanted to be bold and put up FA.I have a treasured copy of "Beyond The Vertical" which chronicled the many areas in which he climbed, it seemed he was everywhere at once, a mythical figure now and for always, my condolences to his many friends and family. jhn payne
Joined Oct 27, 2009
13 points
Apr 22, 2013
Started climbing in 1976 and he inspired so many of us at that time. 1Eric Rhicard
Joined Feb 15, 2006
7,600 points
Apr 22, 2013
Simply said, the man had Vision, with a capital V and then the steel balls to make good on those visions. YDPL8S
From Santa Monica, Ca.
Joined Aug 7, 2003
240 points
Apr 22, 2013
Anytime you were going to do a Kor knew you have better bring your A game! It was not going to be a gimmie. Rest in peace. We have lost one of the greats. Christian "crisco" Burrell
From PG, Utah
Joined May 18, 2007
1,530 points
Apr 22, 2013
JCM wrote:
The world just got slightly less badass.

Well Said.
Joined Mar 5, 2009
0 points
Apr 22, 2013
We are losing all the greats of 50's-60's climbing history lately..So sad to see another one gone,,a legend, a real hero to many. Woodchuck ATC
Joined Nov 29, 2007
505 points
Apr 23, 2013
RESPECT! Olaf Mitchell
From Paia, Maui, Hi,
Joined Mar 16, 2007
160 points
Apr 23, 2013
There must have been a route God couldn't climb up there - so he called Layton home. RIP Chris Rice
Joined Jan 11, 2013
0 points
Apr 23, 2013
Peace and respect to you sir.
cheifitj Cheifitz
From Boulder, Colorado
Joined Jun 24, 2008
35 points
Apr 23, 2013
His Spirit Lives On!
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The Titan
From Boulder, CO
Joined Nov 7, 2008
5,600 points
Apr 23, 2013
R.I.P. Layton, what a legend. I have only climbed a few of his routes, they are all classic! Thanks for your pioneering adventures, stud. Woodson
From Park City, Ut.
Joined May 16, 2009
85 points
Apr 26, 2013
Layton passed away with significant medical, funeral, and other expenses. Friends of Layton's have set up a website for donations in Layton's memory to help Layton's wife, Karen Kor, with those expenses.

The website address is:

All donations go straight to Karen with no intermediaries and no fees. Please give generously and spread the word!
Chris Archer
Joined Jan 1, 2001
700 points

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