Merrill Bitter, Salt Lake City, Utah: an interview by Matt Driscoll, 2011

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Title Merrill Bitter, Salt Lake City, Utah: an interview by Matt Driscoll, 2011
Creator Bitter, Merrill (1953 - 2022)
Date 2011-09-19
Collection Number and Name ACCN 0814 Everett L. Cooley Oral History Project
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Spatial Coverage Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States
Subject Outdoor recreation; Rock climbing
Keywords Outdoor Recreation Oral History Project
Description Merrill Bitter (b. 1953. d. 2022), born in Salt Lake City, was first introduced to the outdoors in Michigan in the Boy Scouts. He got into climbing in the mid-1970s with a course at Timberline Sports instructed by Dave Smith and Mark Freed, and was hooked for life. In a lifetime of climbing he has climbed with numerous well-known Utah climbers, from Bret and Stuart Ruckman, to Jeff Newsome and many others. He remembers the big 1980s climbers, Brian and Jonathan Smoot, Les Ellison, the Ruckman brothers, and Kim Miller. Mr. Bitter talks about climbing styles, his favorite climbs in Utah and outside the state, and the value of travel in learning new styles and knitting the climbing community together. More interested in movement than in simply being outdoors, he discusses the evolution of the Utah climbing gym scene and also emphasizes the importance of diet in his own climbing. Project: Outdoor Recreation. Interviewer: Matt Driscoll.
Type Text; Sound
Genre oral histories (literary works)
Format application/pdf
Extent 47 pages; 1:11
Language eng
Is Part of Outdoor Recreation Oral History Project
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