With its steep granite walls and extensive valleys, Yosemite National Park is a mecca for climbers and all people who love nature.
Once filled in ancient ice fields, this is the story of how Yosemite got its name, and helped pave the way for the US National Park system. We skipped watching a sunset over iconic Half Dome to watch climbers attempt El Cap instead. Binoculars in hand, we sat on folding deck chairs at the base of the giant slab of exposed granite, squinting up at the humans who were just dots on rock. Yosemite Valley is a mecca for climbers that has long attracted the best of the best, from famous athletes to dirtbags, as well as their enthusiastic supporters.
Alex “No Big Deal” Honnold has just completed a climb that is probably the biggest deal the climbing world has ever seen: On Saturday, June 4, at 9:28 am, the 31-year-old topped out the 33 pitch Freerider, becoming the first person ever to free solo a major route on El Capitan.
Tommy Caldwell and Ken Jorgeson top out on the world's first free-climb of the Dawn Wall of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, USA. .