All posts tagged: El Capitan

Climbing The Nose on El Capitan

My connection with Yosemite National Park began long before I ever set foot within the state lines of California. I was captivated by the larger-than-life stories that descended from the steep granite walls and covered the pages of climbing magazines. The stories depicted timeless tales of adventure, discovery, and passion through the eyes of climbing legends. Yosemite Valley has long been considered the mecca of long, hard rock climbing, but there’s more to it than that. There’s an energy within the Valley. An energy that drives climbers to push hard and redefine the boundaries of what they thought possible. I could sense this energy from the other side of the country, and I felt both curious and compelled to experience it first-hand. Of all the routes scattered throughout the Valley, there was one route in particular Adam and I had our hearts set on – the Nose. The Nose runs directly up the center of El Capitan, a 3,000 foot formation once considered impossible to climb. In 1958, after being beat to the first ascent …

Lost in Translation

A couple weeks ago Adam and I received a call from his mom. She had just watched a segment on the news about a climber named Tommy who’s climbing a new route up El Capitan. “Isn’t that the climber you saw while you were in Yosemite?” Adam and I looked at each other – the news? The Dawn Wall had made the news? A couple days later I spoke with my parents. They had watched a similar segment on TV. And so it went – every family member or friend I talked to asked me, “Did you hear about those climbers in Yosemite?” I was baffled that Tommy Caldwell’s and Kevin Jorgeson’s push on the Dawn Wall had broken into mainstream media, not because the attention wasn’t well deserved, but because it is extremely rare for our community to capture the attention of non-climbers. But, as I said, it can be difficult for outsiders to understand exactly how our sport works. As a result, climbers, including myself, have felt a full spectrum of emotions in …