Sleeping on El Capitan

Yosemite Valley, California

Jul 25, 2014
Outside Magazine
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Climbing the North American Wall. Timmy Oneill, Dave Turner, Keith Malloy and Jeff Johnson.    Photo: Jeff Johnson

In the fall of 2007, I began an incredible adventure that took me from Yosemite to the shores of Chile—a journey that eventually became the coffee table book and documentary film 180 Degrees South. With stops in Mexico, the Galapagos Islands, and Easter Island, my goal was to retrace the steps of Patagonia founder Yvan Chouinard and The North Face founder Doug Tompkins on thier famous 1968 journey from Ventura, California, to Mount Fitzroy, Chile.

On this particular morning, I found myself waking up with Keith Malloy and Timmy O'Neill 1,600 feet off the ground, inside the Black Cave on the North American Wall of El Capitan. It was the trip of my life.

TOOLS: Canon 5D, 16mm, 1/100 second, f/4, ISO 200

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