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). (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).

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
(Dave Costello)


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
(Dave Costello)


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
(Dave Costello)


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
(Dave Costello)


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

Climbing Yosemite
(Dave Costello)


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
(Dave Costello)


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

Climbing Yosemite
(Dave Costello)


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

Climbing Yosemite
(Dave Costello)


Wes Walker bringing haul bags up to the belay.

Climbing Yosemite
(Dave Costello)


Sunset in Yosemite Valley.

Climbing Yosemite
(Dave Costello)

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