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    Tilting pines filter the evening sunlight at Yosemite Valley’s Awahnee boulders as Wes Walker, 25, contemplates the final move on ‘Silly Roof’ (V8).

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    With the help of an old toothbrush, a buildup of chalk left behind from hundreds of climber's hands is brushed clean from a well-worn hold on 'What's next' (V3) at Yosemite's Cathedral boulders.

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    British climber, Peter Wright, 22, takes a break on top of one of the Awahnee boulders as Wes Walker pulls through the roof of 'Beached Whale' (V6).

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    Covered in chalk for better grip, Wes Walker's weather-beaten hands cling to dime-sized edges on 'The Bogart Traverse' (V5) at Cathedral boulders.

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    Looking down over Yosemite Valley, Wes Walker stands at the beginning of the slabs approach to the base of Half Dome—a 1.5 mile scramble that gains 3,000-feet in elevation.

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    Dutch climber Miriam Knepper negotiates the switchbacks near the top of the slabs approach.

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    An alpine glow radiates from the Northwest Face of Half Dome as the sun moves behind Yosemite's 7,569-foot tall El Capitain.

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    Wes Walker organizing the gear he will use on the first pitch.

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    Wes Walker consulting the route map at the top of pitch 3.

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    Wes Walker bringing haul bags up to the belay.

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    Sunset in Yosemite Valley.

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