El Capitan in Yosemite National Park
El Capitan in Yosemite National Park (Pal Teravagimov /Shutterstock)

Climbers on El Cap Ignore Shutdown

Climbers are able to sneak through

El Capitan in Yosemite National Park
Erik Tormoen

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Despite the government shutdown, big-wall climbers have sneaked into Yosemite National Park and are scaling the 2,900-foot face of El Capitan.

The paucity of park staff has apparently made rule enforcement difficult, as illustrated by a photograph posted on Reddit showing small beacons of light spangling the sheer face, which takes an average climber several days to scale.

From Outside Magazine, April/May 2021
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Lead Photo: Pal Teravagimov /Shutterstock

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