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John Gill on Bouldering

John Gill is one of the many climber/scholars who visits the AAC Library. John, a longtime Colorado resident, has been a specialist in the art of bouldering since 1955. One of his important essays, “The Art of Bouldering“, appears in the 1969 American Alpine Journal.

John has been writing an exhaustive history of bouldering on his website. You’ll see that he found much of his information and several historic photos at the AAC Library. Recently, we helped John him track down a few artistic sketches that were published in the 1898 edition of the Scottish Mountaineering Club Journal.

We are grateful to John for writing the 2005 Friends of the Library appeal letter, the annual fundraising campaign the AAC holds each year to support the library. Please help us preserve this wonderful resource and become a Friend today!

You can read John Gill’s biography, Master of Rock, written by his colleague Pat Ament. Where can you find it? You guessed it – the AAC Library!

Photo: John Gill working a problem in Little Owl Canyon near Pueblo, Colorado in 2002. Photo courtesy of John Gill.

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