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  • Climbing Yosemite

    Photo: Dave Costello

    Climbing Yosemite

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

  • Climbing Yosemite

    Photo: Dave Costello

    Climbing Yosemite

    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.

  • Climbing Yosemite

    Photo: Dave Costello

    Climbing Yosemite

    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).

  • Climbing Yosemite

    Photo: Dave Costello

    Climbing Yosemite

    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.

  • Climbing Yosemite

    Photo: Dave Costello

    Climbing Yosemite

    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.

  • Climbing Yosemite

    Photo: Dave Costello

    Climbing Yosemite

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

  • Climbing Yosemite

    Photo: Dave Costello

    Climbing Yosemite

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

  • Climbing Yosemite

    Photo: Dave Costello

    Climbing Yosemite

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

  • Climbing Yosemite

    Photo: Dave Costello

    Climbing Yosemite

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

  • Climbing Yosemite

    Photo: Dave Costello

    Climbing Yosemite

    Wes Walker bringing haul bags up to the belay.

  • Climbing Yosemite

    Photo: Dave Costello

    Climbing Yosemite

    Sunset in Yosemite Valley.

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