Photographer's Note

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 45 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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  • Copyright: Eleu Tabares (eldancer1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2844 W: 0 N: 6674] (36343)
  • Genre: People
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2012-10-17
  • Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Event
  • Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2013-08-27 7:44
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