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Yosemite Legend and Five Ten Founder Charles Cole Dies

The founder of the climbing shoe company Five Ten, Charles Cole III, died at his home in Redlands, California on July 14 at age 63. Cole was a bold Yosemite climber with multiple El Cap first ascents and also held two college degrees — one in mechanical engineering and the other in business. When Cole was 30 his father died and he knew he had to do something to help support his family.

Cole turned to his love of climbing and what he had learned in engineering and business school to invent what Five Ten is famous for — Stealth Rubber.  This new compound was durable and sticky, perfect for climbing on slick rock. Stealth Rubber has come to be regarded as one of the stickiest rubber formulas in the world and Five Ten …