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April 23, 2013
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Rock-climbing legend Kor dies at 74

Noted western rock-climbing star Layton Kor, who lived in Glenwood Springs in the 1980s, died at his home in Kingman, Ariz., on April 21. He was 74.

According to a story on the Climbing.com website, Kor had been suffering from kidney failure and prostate cancer at the time of his death.

Kor's name reportedly was "synonymous with Colorado climbing during the late 1950s and early 1960s," the article stated, as he established many climbing routes around the state, including in Glenwood Canyon.

Basalt resident and longtime climber Cameron Burns reported that Kor lived in Glenwood Springs from approximately 1980 to approximately 1988, and that Kor's ex-wife, Joy, still lives here.

Burns said Kor was "probably the greatest climber in Colorado history."

Efforts to contact Joy were not successful on Monday.


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