Yosemite National Park: Climbing El Capitan

Conrad Anker sorting through the rack at the base of El Capitan's Pacific Ocean Wall. Ivo Ninov getting ready to launch. (Jimmy Chin)

Conrad Anker sorting through the rack at the base of El Capitan's Pacific Ocean Wall. Ivo Ninov getting ready to launch.

Conrad Anker pointing out the route to Dave Hahn in El Cap Meadows.

(Jimmy Chin)


Jimmy Chin's shadow self-portrait. Ivo Ninov and Conrad Anker on the ledges above pitch 16.

(Jimmy Chin)


Jimmy Chin jugging pitch 26 with his camera gear.

(Dave Hahn)


Thomas and Alex Huber climbing the Nose during their speed-record-breaking ascent.

(Jimmy Chin)


Conrad Anker racking up on the wall as Ivo Ninov coils the rope.

(Jimmy Chin)


Dave Hahn jugging lines over one of the steep roofs on the route.

(Jimmy Chin)


The team getting ready to bivy at the "Island in the Sky."

(Jimmy Chin)


Conrad Anker jumaring pitch 16.

(Jimmy Chin)


Phone time on the wall.

(Jimmy Chin)


Ivo Ninov handing gear to Conrad Anker for his next lead off of the Continental Shelf during stormy conditions.

(Jimmy Chin)


Conrad Anker leading pitch 17.

(Jimmy Chin)


Conrad Anker belaying Ivo Ninov and contemplating our last haul.

(Jimmy Chin)


Conrad Anker scoping the topo during a bivy on the Continental Shelf.

(Jimmy Chin)


Ivo Ninov cleaning the gear from pitch 18.

(Jimmy Chin)


Ivo Ninov handing off climbing gear to Jimmy Chin.

(Jimmy Chin)


Ivo Ninov leading out on traverse 2,500 feet above the valley floor.

(Jimmy Chin)


Conrad Anker leading the Pacific Crest pitch.

(Jimmy Chin)


The team on top. Jimmy Chin, Ivo Ninov, Conrad Anker, and Dave Hahn.

(Jimmy Chin)


Ivo Ninov cracking beers as the team celebrates in the parking lot after the ascent.

(Jimmy Chin)

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