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The Nose of El Capitan, Yosemite, is the first route climbed on a rock face of this scale, requiring on its first ascent 45 days of climbing over 18 months. Nowadays, it is still one of the most beautiful, classic, and sought after, rock climb in the world. Frank Levy and I climbed the Nose in April 1994 as our first multi-day big-wall. As the the climb turned out to be long, sustained, and exposed, it took us four very full days.

The Nose is the line between light and shadow in the center of El Cap Jugging back to Sickle. Only 34 pitches to go ! After two traverses, the wide Stoveleg Cracks The first night is spent rather comfortably on Dolt Tower Like many, the pitch above Dolt Towe is crack climbing In Texas Flake Above Texas Flake The The impressive roof pitch The roof pitch, easier than it looks Frank follows the glowering spot pitch above Camp 5. At dusk, the pitch before the final overhang. That's it ? There is still the descent...

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