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Alex Honnold on Soloing El Cap

Alex Honnold on Soloing El Cap

Big wall free solo climber Alex Honnold reflects on why he’s so enamored with El Cap in this recent animated film called Walls Are Meant for Climbing from the North Face.

Inside Yosemite’s Traffic Meltdown

Inside Yosemite’s Traffic Meltdown

The Park Service says they’re doing their best but no one wins when America’s most iconic valley becomes an endless, exhaust-choked loop of creeping traffic. Can anything be done to prevent bumper-to-bumper traffic from becoming the new normal in Yosemite Valley?

The Most Important Gear of Yosemite’s Search and Rescue

The Most Important Gear of Yosemite’s Search and Rescue

Aaron Smith has been a member of the storied Yosemite Search and Rescue team for over 15 years. He’s also on the park’s elite helicopter rescue squad. During his tenure, he’s helped find lots of lost hikers and plucked many an injured climber off El Capitan. Here’s a list of the gear he relies on most during his missions.

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