Welcome to John's Rockclimbing Page

Who am I?

I started climbing in 1990 after taking a class with Cal Adventures (UC Berkeley) and then hooking up with a good friend, Marty Garrison. Marty took me climbing in Yosemite every weekend for quite a long time. He led everything (being a competent 5.11+ leader on valley crack) and I dutifully followed.

Favorite Climbs

I've done almost all my climbing in Yosemite valley. But I've done some climbing in the Pinnacles, Lover's Leap, Phantom Spires, Donner Summit, Joshua Tree, Cosumnes River Gorge, Southern Yosemite, and Tuolumne Meadows.

My favorites climbs by area:

Personal Records:

Photo Album

Here are a few pix to check out...

My Other Climbing Pages

I try and keep track of some Yosemite Climbing Records. A better and more up-to-date source is Hans Florine's Speedclimbing Site.

I made a list of Famous Valley Climbers to briefly catalog the exploits of the post-Golden-age personalities.

I once served as a "recreation expert" for an on-line and CD-Rom based magazine for U.S. and Canadian students, answering their questions about rockclimbing for about 5 weeks.

Some beta on popular moderates at Lover's Leap.

My lifetime climbing goal: Nose-in-a-Day.

A list of valley climbs that I've done.

Links to Nice Pages

Check out

Friends with Web Pages

Several of the people whom I know or climbed with have web pages...

John Black's WWW Page / John R. Black / (jrblack@cs.colorado.edu)