Towering over Yosemite Valley, El Capitan (or more affectionately amongst rock climbers, “El Cap”) rises more than 900 meters (3,000 feet) from the valley floor. Over the eons, this massive lump of pure granite has been carved by glacial action, forming the sheer rock face it has become so famous for. Now considered the standard for big-wall climbing, many routes have been established up El Cap’s Southwest and Southeast wall’s. On January 14, 2015, Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson famously completed the first free climb (yes, no ropes!) of the Dawn Wall, considered one of the hardest climbs in the world, Crazy!
Standing in the Merced River as the setting sun casts a warm red glow on El Cap’s Southwest wall, I’m (Shaun) totally blown away with the beauty of the place! I feel so privileged to have experienced the incredible national parks of America’s Southwest, without a doubt one of the most fascinating, beautiful and photogenic regions on Earth. I’ll be back!
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