Category Archives: Twentieth Century Story

The Yosemite Killer



This is a true crime story with quite a bit of violence discussed – just a heads up. Cary Stayner murdered four women in the area immediately surrounding Yosemite National Park – he had grown up in the area and worked for a lodge frequented by guests of the National Park. Resources Mentioned: Outside Magazine: … Continue reading The Yosemite Killer


A Visit to the “Inhuman Zone” with Jim Bridwell



The “inhuman zone” is the point of altitude and frigid cold where man, and all of his gadgets, cease to function as intended. Jim Bridwell and climbing partner, Mugs Stump, found themselves in the inhuman zone as they climbed the Moose’s Tooth in the Alaskan Wild. Resources: “Vantage Point” – this story is an excerpt … Continue reading A Visit to the “Inhuman Zone” with Jim Bridwell


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Murder on the Appalachian Trail



TW: This episode contains descriptions of violence. Susan Ramsay and Robert Mountford Jr. were social workers in the early ’80s who were hiking the Appalachian Trail to raise for the disabled children they worked with. They were murdered outside of Pearisburg, Virginia in May of 1981. The same man later attacked Scott Johnston and Sean … Continue reading Murder on the Appalachian Trail


How a Plane Crash Changed Rock Climbing Forever



Dirtbaggers rolled in cash, they bought steak dinners and left $100 tips, they showed up with new gear and nice vans to live in. The winter of ’76/’77 was a crazy time to climb in Yosemite Valley. The source of the cash? Thousands of pounds of primo weed in Lower Merced Lake. Camp 4, infamous … Continue reading How a Plane Crash Changed Rock Climbing Forever


Yosemite’s Green Winter: Backcountry Crashbuds



The winter of ’76/77 was an extraordinary time in Yosemite’s backcountry. Dirtbaggers rolled in cash, they bought steak dinners and left $100 tips, they showed up with new gear and nice vans to live in. The source: thousands of pounds of primo weed in Lower Merced Lake. Camp 4, infamous habitation of famed climbers was … Continue reading Yosemite’s Green Winter: Backcountry Crashbuds