January 2013 Book Announcement: Letters from Sacred Rok by Ron Kauk


We are asking for a suggested $20 donation (minimum) plus $5 for shipping and handling – please send a check or money order to PO Box 148 – Yosemite, CA 95389if you would like a copy or click the link below.

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We are pleased to announce the publication of 107 page book, Letters from Sacred Rok. The book is based on Ron’s newsletters and photos that have appeared on our website, and envisions how we share the story of nature.

In the preface, founding board member Kenji Hakuta recounts his conversation with Ron, from which Sacred Rok originated. At the parking lot of the Tioga Pass Resort, he asked Ron what he was working on, expecting an answer about a new climbing project. “I’m working on my breathing,” Ron said. Sacred Rok is based on this kind of simple ceremony that connects youth to Yosemite.

Letters from Sacred Rok comes from Ron’s intimate connection with nature. It represents what Yosemite has meant to him over the past 40 years as a climber, and now what he hopes to communicate through Sacred Rok. As Ron writes in the book, “Sacred Rok has become a climb of a lifetime.” The book interweaves new photos taken by Ron of Yosemite and the Sacred Rok youth, with more classic pictures from his history as a climber.

This is truly a stunning and beautiful book which we would like to share with all of our supporters. We are asking for a suggested $20 donation (minimum) plus $5 for shipping and handling – please contact us if you would like a copy.

January 2013 Message from the Board Chair

On behalf of the Sacred Rok Board of Directors, we would like to wish you all a happy new year, filled with the joys of nature as we continue to work together. As our book announcement shares, 2013 is off to a good start. Letters from Sacred Rok will be having book release events in Merced and in the Bay Area in the next few months, so please keep an eye out for announcements.

Our Annual Report has also been released and is on our website. We are proud of our accomplishments and look forward to the paths that will lead us in 2013!

Nancy Goodban, Chair