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Jugging back to Sickle. Only 34 pitches to go !. El Capitan, Yosemite, California (color) Tom McMillan leaves the belay on the last pitch. El Capitan, Yosemite, California (color) Sunset from Taft Point. Yosemite National Park, California, USA. (color) Bivy on Tapir ledge. Washington Column, Yosemite, California (color) Climbing photographers at work. Yosemite, California (color) Lazy morning. El Capitan, Yosemite, California (color) Cleaning the final pitch. Leaning Tower, Yosemite, California (color) The first part of the route (common with the Triple direct) is reminiscent of the Nose : free climbing and clean aid. The harder aid begins on the traverse just below the Shield, which is the convex part left of the Nose. El Capitan, Yosemite, California (color) Climber on Aig. des Pelerins,  Mont-Blanc Range, Alps, France. (color) Base of the Central Pilar of Freney, Mont-Blanc, Italy. (color) Double Arch Alcove, Middle Fork of Taylor Creek. Zion National Park, Utah, USA. (color) Rock wall, the Olgas. Olgas, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Northern Territories, Australia (color) Hiker standing on top of sheer cliff at Taft point. Yosemite National Park, California, USA. (color) Valerio Folco leading the third pitch. El Capitan, Yosemite, California (color) The roof pitch, easier than it looks. El Capitan, Yosemite, California (color) Crowded belay. El Capitan, Yosemite, California (color) Belaying from Anchorage ledge. Washington Column, Yosemite, California (color) On lead on the Traverse pitch. El Capitan, Yosemite, California (color) Paul leading on Bonatti Pilar on Le Dru, Mont-Blanc Range, Alps, France. (color) Starting the West Face of the Leaning Tower. Leaning Tower, Yosemite, California (color) Having some fun 3000 feet above the deck. Yosemite, California (color) Trees along  Merced River and El Capitan. Yosemite National Park, California, USA. (color) Valerio Folco getting ready to lead a pitch. El Capitan, Yosemite, California (color) Leading the next pitch, a thin crack in the middle of nowhere. El Capitan, Yosemite, California (color) The impressive roof pitch. El Capitan, Yosemite, California (color) Leading the long 6th pitch. Washington Column, Yosemite, California (color) A ledge is even better. El Capitan, Yosemite, California (color) Hauling on  Mescalito, El Capitan. Yosemite, California (color) Waiting at Guano ledge. Leaning Tower, Yosemite, California (color) Bivy on Bonatti Pilar on Le Dru, Mont-Blanc Range, Alps, France. (color) Hiker looking down Yosemite Valley from Taft point at sunset. Yosemite National Park, California, USA. (color) Belaying the Triple Cracks, the crux of the route. El Capitan, Yosemite, California (color) The first night is spent rather comfortably on Dolt Tower. El Capitan, Yosemite, California (color) The South Face: Frank on the nut pitch. Washington Column, Yosemite, California (color) Valerio Folco leading the third pitch. El Capitan, Yosemite, California (color) Climbing Zodiac in the shade. El Capitan, Yosemite, California (color) Relaxing the next morning at Awanhnee ledge. Leaning Tower, Yosemite, California (color) Climbing photographer at work. Yosemite, California (color) Climbers Frank and Alain start the Super-Couloir on Mt Blanc du Tacul, Mont-Blanc Range, Alps, France. (color) Profile Cliff overlook with commanding view of Yosemite Valley, late afternoon. Yosemite National Park, California, USA. (color) Dusk on the last day. El Capitan, Yosemite, California (color) The South Face: Frank on the traverse pitch. Washington Column, Yosemite, California (color) There is still the descent.... El Capitan, Yosemite, California (color) Valerio Folco leaving  the belay. El Capitan, Yosemite, California (color) Tuan proofs a scientific paper. Leaning Tower, Yosemite, California (color) Quite a social experience with old friends.... El Capitan, Yosemite, California (color) Belay on the third pitch of Mescalito, El Capitan. Yosemite, California (color) Aid climbing on Bonatti Pilar on Le Dru, Mont-Blanc Range, Alps, France. (color) El Capitan reflected in Merced river, early morning. Yosemite National Park, California, USA. (color) Jugging up again the roof pitch. El Capitan, Yosemite, California (color) Leading the long 6th pitch. Washington Column, Yosemite, California (color) The Nose is the line between light and shadow in the center of El Cap. El Capitan, Yosemite, California (color) Valerio Folco leading the third pitch. El Capitan, Yosemite, California (color) Cleaning the second pitch on the West Face. Leaning Tower, Yosemite, California (color) A death traverse (free moves at the start of pitch 5 requires the attention of the belayer). El Capitan, Yosemite, California (color) Portaledge bivy on the Dihedral wall. Yosemite, California (color) El Capitan and Merced River, morning. Yosemite National Park, California, USA. (color) Following the Shield slab, still overhanging. El Capitan, Yosemite, California (color) Belaying from Anchorage ledge. Washington Column, Yosemite, California (color) Tom McMillan and Valerio Folco on the last pitch. El Capitan, Yosemite, California (color) Lonely belay. El Capitan, Yosemite, California (color) Finishing the second pitch at sunset. Leaning Tower, Yosemite, California (color) At dusk, the pitch before the final overhang. That's it ?. El Capitan, Yosemite, California (color) Ascending a fixed rope on  Mescalito, El Capitan. Yosemite, California (color) El Capitan, hazy late afternoon. Yosemite National Park, California, USA. (color) Next morning on the free-hanging line. El Capitan, Yosemite, California (color) Valerio Folco at the belay, Tom McMillan cleaning the crux pitch. El Capitan, Yosemite, California (color) Climbing to Anchorage ledge. Washington Column, Yosemite, California (color) Climbing Zodiac in the sun. El Capitan, Yosemite, California (color) After more night climbing, we try to get some rest. Leaning Tower, Yosemite, California (color) Frank follows the glowering spot pitch above Camp 5.. El Capitan, Yosemite, California (color) During a stormy day on an attempt  on  Mescalito, El Capitan. Yosemite, California (color) Hiker surveying Yosemite Valley from Profile Cliff overlook. Yosemite National Park, California, USA. (color) Tuan and Yves on  the Triple Cracks, the crux of the route. El Capitan, Yosemite, California (color) Shadow side: The Prow (the white streak). Washington Column, Yosemite, California (color) Valerio Folco ascending the rope. El Capitan, Yosemite, California (color) Waking up on the portaledge. El Capitan, Yosemite, California (color) Belaying the steepest (most horizontal) part of the route. Leaning Tower, Yosemite, California (color) Above Texas Flake. El Capitan, Yosemite, California (color) Party on the wall of early morning light, El Capitan. Yosemite, California (color) Boulders in Merced River and El Capitan at sunset. Yosemite National Park, California, USA. (color) Climbing up the roof pitch. El Capitan, Yosemite, California (color) Leading the long 6th pitch. Washington Column, Yosemite, California (color) Tom McMillan and Valerio Folco on the last pitch. El Capitan, Yosemite, California (color) A new sunset. Leaning Tower, Yosemite, California (color) First pitch. El Capitan, Yosemite, California (color) The original Camp 4, after the night epic. El Capitan, Yosemite, California (color) Portaledge bivy on the Dihedral wall. Yosemite, California (color) Pebbles, Merced River, and El Capitan, morning. Yosemite National Park, California, USA. (color) The last day, from dawn.... El Capitan, Yosemite, California (color) Sunny side: the South Face route (look for the 4 climbers). Washington Column, Yosemite, California (color) Traffic jam on the fixed pitches. El Capitan, Yosemite, California (color) Valerio Folco takes a break from hauling bags. El Capitan, Yosemite, California (color) Like many, the pitch above Dolt Towe is crack climbing. El Capitan, Yosemite, California (color) At least  a good ledge. Leaning Tower, Yosemite, California (color) Last sunrays outline  Nose of El Capitain. Yosemite National Park, California, USA. (color) Party on  the Triple Cracks, the crux of the route. El Capitan, Yosemite, California (color) Crowded portaledge camp. El Capitan, Yosemite, California (color) Tom McMillan leaves the belay on the last pitch. El Capitan, Yosemite, California (color) We suffer hauling through a chimney. Washington Column, Yosemite, California (color)
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