Jorg Verhoeven Free Climbing The Nose, El Capitan, Yosemite Valley

The Nose, on El Capitan in Yosemite Valley is probably one of the most famous big wall routes in the world. Climbers probably know the infamous story of the valley and of Lynn Hill‘s first free ascent in 1993. But to truly understand the magnitude of that feat and put it in context of modern day climbing is difficult for most of us normal climbing enthusiasts. This is where Jorg Verhoeven‘s video of his free ascent in 2014 really puts this climb into perspective. This well shot personal account, refreshing in its simplicity and surprisingly honest, is a reminder of just how strong physically and mentally Lynn and some of the Yosemite legends were. And its nice to see that even someone as experienced as Jorg still gets the jitters when fighting at the limits; even our heroes, at times, show signs of being mortal!

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