Ken's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    UK Team

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Yosemite, CA

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 3

  • ON DVD:

KEN YAGER

Rock Climber

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

INTERESTS:

Action Sports Environment & Nature

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Dedication Hard Work Desire Fulfillment

FOUNDATION:

Being Physically Active

TAGS:

climbing, El Capitan, happiness, living in a cave, rock climbing, start at the beginning, Yosemite

BIOGRAPHY:

  • As a kid, he was always climbing trees and tables.
  • He'd go camping in Yosemite so he could climb El Capitan, but the forest rangers would kick him out during off-season.
  • He wanted to keep climbing, so at age 17, he moved into a cave nearby.
  • 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.
  • He made his money from sorting through trash to find cans.
  • 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."
  • 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.
  • Says everything in life is like climbing: you start at the bottom, and you systematically work your way through it.

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