What a treat from these couple of peaches. One of the greatest
tales of American climbing ever written. Sit back and enjoy the late Chuck Pratt’s The View From Dead Horse Point, read by Chris Schulte.
Pratt was one of the greatest climbers of his generation, sitting at the big table along with the likes of Warren Harding, Royal Robbins, Yvon Chouinard
and Tom Frost. Yet his was one of the more enigmatic and least public. While he publicized little his achievements, his writings were few, but hugely
significant. Most notable were The South Face of Mount Watkins, and this, The View From Dead Horse Point. He was, according to Robbins,
the best climbing writer of his generation. He passed away in 2000, dying in his sleep from a heart attack.
The article was first published in ASCENT magazine in 1970. The editors of the magazine at the time, Steve Roper and Allen Steck, who doubtless had much
to do with its quality, kindly granted me permission to have it read out. Thank you, gentlemen. You can find it today in the classic collection of
articles from the era, The Games Climbers Play.
I am so chuffed to have the article read by the only person active today who I think could have done it justice. Chris Schulte is a modern-day desert explorer, spending cold weeks alone on the depths of Utah winters scouring for and climbing
new boulders. Chris’ journeys are well worth following for anyone who loves
what the desert gives. I’m sure it’s why the broken-hearted used to join the French Foreign Legion. Chris’ monologue after the story is as great as
So there you have it, finally. One of my favorite stories, now a personal highlight of Jam Crack Podcast.
As usual, listen through the green player below, or via the iTunes link below that. And listen, if you like this, I REALLY want you to share this one around, k?
They say the genius steals! Well, mediocrity steals too. I had listened to Chris Kalous’s podcast The Enormocast more
or less from the beginning and always had a hankering to do one myself. At a friend’s funeral I mentioned this to someone.
“Well then you should,” she replied.
Okay, I decided, I will. That set me on the task of finding out how you create and host a podcast. What a headache that was. In comparison, creating the
episodes was a hoot. Like The Enormocast, Jam Crack Podcast sets out to interview climbers
about their life and climbs. But another ambition I had long held, through a love of audiobooks, was to put classic climbing stories out there. So
my podcast alternates interview episodes with story episodes. Climbing has a mountain of superb characters to talk to and amazing stories to read.
I feel like a Californian ‘Forty-Niner, panning climbing gold from the rich streams that flow past my feet. Tune in for some fun.
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