Yesterday I posted a photo of the famous El Capitan. Even with using 500mm lens the climbers looks like ants on the rock.
Once considered impossible to climb, El Capitan is now the standard for big-wall climbing. "El Cap" has two main faces, the Southwest (on the left when looking directly at the wall) and the Southeast. Between the two faces juts a massive prow. While today there are numerous established routes on both faces, the most popular and historically famous route is The Nose, which follows the massive prow.
The Nose was first climbed in 1958 by Warren Harding, Wayne Merry and George Whitmore in 47 days using "siege" tactics: climbing in an expedition style using fixed ropes along the length of the route, linking established camps along the way. Today, the Nose attracts climbers of various experience and ability levels, and with a success rate of around 60%, typically takes fit climbers 4–5 days of full climbing. (From Wikipedia)
So, I guess the climbers has to bring food, water, sleeping bags among others for the 4 to 5 days of full climbing. How does one go to the bathroom while climbing?
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photoray (13638) 2013-08-27 8:19
Your widescope view of The Capitan being climbed is attractive for the scale and colorful granitic geology.
I have mild 'vertigo' and prefer looking rather than climbing.
I also note to the right, the gray coloring is a portion of the famous so-called "map of North America" which was caused by a inclusion of magma eons ago.
jacquest (18871) 2013-08-27 8:23
Well, the answer to your question must be "See if there is someone below. If not, just let it go".
Wonderful capture of these climbers risking their lives every moment.
rychem (27967) 2013-08-27 9:45
Great view, amazing contrast between the impressive rock and tiny silhouettes of people. Unfortunately we can not see if they have safety rope, well done
Sonata11 (33697) 2013-08-27 9:57
Wow! this is incredible that you capture these people climbing. Awesome. This is scary!. Fantastic picture.
All the best,
jemaflor (89315) 2013-08-27 10:13
Impressive vertical mountains and interesting effect for the contrast with tiny people climbing, well framed with trees on ech side , nice warm tones.
krzychu30 (15510) 2013-08-27 11:22
I always admire people who practise climbing(definitely not something for me).Here we get excellent impression how courageous they must be and also we see how big the "El Capitan" is.
Have a good day
holmertz (45132) 2013-08-27 12:32
For the first moment this is a puzzling picture. Then, as my eyes have adjusted, t's amazing. I'm not sure if I should call it minimalistic or maximalistic. The climbers look so small and the wall so huge. (I guess you haven't done the movie trick, flopping over a picture of people crawling on a flat surface?) :-).
The tight cropping keeps us ignorant of the real height of this wall, which increases the sense of drama. The sharpness is perfectly placed at the climbers, leaving the framing trees nicely blurred.
EstudioChispa (2144) 2013-08-28 11:11
Isn't that fabulous... The sheer scale of this face is hard to grasp -- the inclusion of the climbers helps tremendously.
All my best,
Miguel82 (26541) 2013-08-29 11:04
Climbing is a dangerous exercice but it procures unique feelings, you focus well on these people, it is indeed a vertical cliff..
Have a nice evening Eleu
ikeharel (62829) 2013-08-30 0:59
Amazing to see how small are we, human, against the mighty nature. This incredible rock, draw climbers from all over, for a challanging task.
Fine taken with extract zoom, details of the big-stone shown excelently.
Have a nice friday,
fritzi007 (8685) 2015-01-30 6:59
certainly not my sport too dangerous !!!
Super photo and comment!