Chuck Pratt, a Yosemite big-wall pioneer in the 1960s, was a climber’s climber and a man of ethics. He was the man in his day. Pratt, along with Royal Robbins and Tom Frost, did the first ascent of the Salathe Wall on El Capitan in 1961, the hardest and baddest big wall route in the world at that time. Chuck, called by Royal Robbins as “the best climber of our generation,” was renowned for his off-width prowess. He died in 2000.
"I don't want to write about climbing; I don't want talk about it; I don't want to photograph it; I don't want to think about it; all I want to do is do it."