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Posted on: September 1, 2008


Climbers lend themselves to lampooning with an alacrity that would be remarkable were it not so routine. But when Sheridan Anderson (1936—1984) began chronicling the absurdities of Yosemite in the late 1960s, nothing quite like his cartoons had ever been seen. Over the next two decades, his prodigious oeuvre, which appeared in, among many other places, Summit, Ascent, the Vulgarian Digest and Mountain, complemented the accomplishments of the other Golden Age masters—albeit, unfairly, to less historical acclaim. His genius was to poke fun at the pioneers even as he kept them honest. It has influenced climbing illustrators ever since, and we publish some examples here and in this issue's Climbing Life with a nod to his irreverence.

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