Peter Croft (climber)

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Peter Croft
Born (1958-05-18) May 18, 1958 (age 56)
Canada
Known for Rock Climbing, Free solo climbing

Peter Croft is a rock climber and mountaineer who was born in Canada on May 18, 1958 and now lives in Bishop, California.[1] He has concentrated much of his rock climbing career on big routes in Yosemite National Park, Squamish, British Columbia as well as the High Sierra. He received The American Alpine Club’s Robert & Miriam Underhill Award in 1991.[2]

Croft listed The Evolution Traverse (YDS class 5.9 grade VI) which links Mount Mendel, Mount Darwin, Mount Haeckel, Mount Fiske, Mount Warlow and Mount Huxley as one of his favorite climbs in Fifty Favorite Climbs: The Ultimate North American Tick List[3]

Royal Robbins, a leading climber of the previous generation, wrote about Croft and his climbing achievements in 2000: "Peter has been my hero for many years, ever since he came blazing out of nowhere with his stunning free solo ascent of Astroman on Washington Column in Yosemite. Tom Frost and I had made the second ascent of this route, mostly with direct aid in the early sixties. That one could climb this route without resorting to direct aid was impressive. To do it without a rope was astonishing. But such was Peter's level of mastery. That it was mastery, and not mere daring was proven by a string of free solos of similar stature, executed to perfection." [4]

Career highlights[edit]

Croft has completed a large number of first ascents including a number of free solo ascents.[5]

  • First ascent of Blowhard, V 5.12+, High Sierra, 2005
  • First ascent of Samurai Warrior, V 5.12a, High Sierra, 2005
  • First ascent of Venturi Effect V 5.12+, High Sierra, 2004
  • First ascent of Airstream V 5.13, High Sierra, 2004
  • First ascent of the Evolution Traverse, the Sierras, 2000
  • First ascent of Sponsar Brakk via 8,000-ft. rock route VI 5.11, Pakistan, 1998
  • First solo and one-day Minaret Traverse, the Sierras, 1992
  • First one-day link-up of the Nose and Salathé Wall on El Capitan, Yosemite, 1992
  • First free ascent of Moonlight Buttress V 5.12d/13a, 1991
  • First free ascent of the Shadow V 5.13, onsight of crux pitch, 1988
  • First free solo link-up of Astroman and the Rostrum, 1987
  • First free solo of Astroman V 5.11, 1987
  • First one-day link-up of the Nose of El Capitan and Half Dome, Yosemite, 1986
  • First traverse of the Waddington Range, 1985
  • First free solo of the Rostrum V 5.11, Yosemite, 1985
  • First free ascent of University Wall V 5.12, Squamish, 1982

Books authored by Croft[edit]

  • Croft, Peter (July 2002). The Good, the Great, and the Awesome: The Top 40 High Sierra Rock Climbs. Maximus Pr. ISBN 0-9676116-4-4. 
  • Croft, Peter; Steve Boga (August 1996). Lightweight Alpine Climbing With Peter Croft (1st ed.). Stackpole Books. ISBN 0-8117-2841-2. 
  • Croft, Peter; Wynne Benti (2005-09-01). Climbing Mt. Whitney (3rd ed.). Spotted Dog Press Inc. ISBN 1-893343-14-6. 

References[edit]

  1. ^ Croft, Peter (July 2002). The Good, the Great, and the Awesome: The Top 40 High Sierra Rock Climbs. Maximus Pr. ISBN 0-9676116-4-4. 
  2. ^ The American Alpine Club’s Underhill Award(retrieved September 1, 2009)
  3. ^ Kroese, Mark (July 2001). Fifty Favorite Climbs: The Ultimate North American Tick List (1st ed.). Mountaineers Books. ISBN 0-89886-728-2. 
  4. ^ FROSTWORKS - Environmental Commentaries - Standing on the Shoulders: A Tribute to my Heroes By Royal Robbins (retrieved October 10, 2009)
  5. ^ Peter Croft - The North Face (retrieved September 1st, 2009)

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