Tactile Monday

Climbers love history. Dates, difficulty ratings, the names of the brave souls who did a route first. Each generation of climbers measures itself against yesterday’s best, with dreams of going one better. Advances in the sport tend to be linear and incremental, like climbing up a rock.

Occasionally, rarely, a big climbing achievement erupts into the general consciousness. A 2015 ascent of the Dawn Wall on California’s El Capitan was celebrated by no less than Barack Obama. But the public, which is busy, quickly moves on. When the Dawn Wall was climbed again last year, few noticed.

Then there are the climbs of Alex Honnold.

Yosemite Valley, where El Capitan is situated, is an epic setting for epic exploits. The valley is a magnet for the strong and bold, who spider up granite walls and leap in wingsuits from the rim. But even in this world headquarters for daredevils, certain feats have for decades remained sealed off as mere ideas, locked away in a realm of challenges too big and too scary to grapple with, almost to speak of.

In the early morning hours of 3 June 2017, Honnold, 32, walked to the base of El Capitan, touched the wall, and made the biggest idea of all a reality. He climbed from the bottom to the top of the cliff at one of its tallest points – 900m – without a harness or rope, along a route called the Freerider, just to the left of the Dawn Wall.

@ TG

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10 Responses to Tactile Monday

  1. Micki says:

    Hey, Jimbo!
    Here’s one good use for “Stayin’ Alive” — hope it doesn’t kill you! 😉

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  2. Carol ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ says:

    One of the Aerial America episodes was Utah. I think that’s where I saw people climbing sheer walls. Saw them in person, sort of, in Nevada in Red Rock Canyon right outside Las Vegas. I could see them with my zoom lens on my camcorder. Crazy people, crazy humans. I get butterflies watching people do that, or a camera shot straight down from a skyscraper, or into the Grand Canyon. Not for me, I’m a chicken.


  3. Den says:

    As I get older I enjoy heights less and less.


  4. David B. Benson says:

    A standard 13 minutes to the Hillside Cafe under clear skies.


  5. Den says:

    Enjoy the latest in kid fashion for those chilly farm nights:


  6. jimhitchcock says:

    Hmm….I just typed congratulations in a snarky reply to a comment on FB and FB changed the text to sorta a pink hue and shot a blue balloon across my screen, and everytime I tap my comment it repeats the smiling balloon. I think the clown from it has taken control of my phone.


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