18 December 2014
After a long illness, Eric Bjornstad, pioneer of “desert” climbing in Colorado and author of 1988 Desert Rock climbing guide, died in Utah. He did great team with real myths like Fred Beckey, Yvon Chouinard, Harvey Carter and Galen Rowell.
He was the real emblem of a life lived free, like a perfect American free climber and did a lot of different work, draftsman, piano salesman, photo processor, gardener, bartender, dump truck driver or tree topper, just to have all time to climb.
His famous ascents were the first one on the northeast buttress of Mt. Slesse in Canada or the first Grade VI big-wall route on Stawamus Chief in Squamish. Then his attentions went to the wonderful towes of desert like Fisher Towers, Zeus and Moses in Canyonlands, and Chinle Spire on the Navajo Reservation.