Kevin Brown, a gifted climber, Olympic level athletic trainer and veteran of Yosemite Big Walls recently passed away from an aggressive cancer at age 50. A man with a heart of gold, he left behind his wife Lori, two young children (Rachel 13 and Ryan 11 yrs) and countless friends. Recently, his climbing partners’ families gathered at the house of El Capitan speed ascent record holder Hans Florine in Yosemite National Park to enjoy the beauty and serenity of the place that Kevin loved so deeply. A highlight of the gathering was young Ryan’s first multi-pitch climb on the 5 pitch classic line "Nutcracker". He was led up the route by his Dad's three close climbing partners, Mike Carville, Christian Santelices and photographer Kevin Steele. Ryan is certainly following in his father's footsteps.
Click here to see the a selection of photos from Ryan's ascent.
To see more stock photography by Kevin Steele, visit Aurora Photos.