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Warren Harding Dies


by Editor

March 03, 2002

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Warren Harding has passed away late on Feburary 28th due to liver failure. Known as Batso to some, Warren was always guaranteed to shake thing up. Visonary or anarchist he was accredited to many great accomplishments.

For those of you who didn't know of him, this introduction from MountainFilm in Telluride (where he was a special guest in '99) gives a better idea of the legendary "mad bolter"... "Over a period of 45 days in 1958, Warren Harding put up what remains as 'one of the great rock climbs' in history. His lead of the Nose on El Capitan fascinated tourists, captivated headline writers, and propelled Harding into his role as the 'ultimate Yosemite hard man.' Over the years Harding’s accomplishments, including 27 days on The Wall of the Early Morning Light, cast him as a man ahead of his time. Never one to take the simple path, Harding remains as a charmingly, gruff and outspoken character who never bowed to convention, turned down a drink, nor passed up the chance for a good story."

Rest in peace.

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