On my first trip to the USA, back in 2000 on assignment for @rockandicemag , I visited #Yosemite and made this image of Cedar Wright on Notes From the Underground. In the background you can see why the Dawn Wall of El Capitan gets it’s name. Massive congratulations to @tommycaldwell and @kjorgeson for just now making the first free ascent of the #dawnwall, the culmination so many attempts and so much hard work over six years; with a final push of 19 days on the wall, with pitches up to grade 14.d (35). World’s hardest “big wall”. The media coverage (frenzy?) on this has been really interesting to me; I’ve never seen anything in rock climbing go so far beyond just the climbing media. I just now watched the live video feed of Tommy and Kevin completing the last few pitches — with the video feed courtesy of mainstream media. Gotta say, it was very cool seeing history being made! So #psyched for these guys. So very inspiring to us all in so many ways! #dreambig #climbing #rockclimbing
A trip to the out there crag of Moonarie in South Australia is not somthing you’re likely to forget in hurry. Simon Wilson atttempting Buzzard Arête (25). A favourite pic of mine from the book #RockClimbingDownUnder #throwback #silhouette #climbing #rockclimbing #nikon @sterlingrope @julboeyewear @goalzero @lasportivaaustralia @nikon_australia @thinktankphoto
On a dark desert highway, cool wind in my hair
Warm smell of colitas, rising up through the air
Up ahead in the distance, I saw a shimmering light
My head grew heavy and my sight grew dim
I had to stop for the night
There she stood in the doorway;
I heard the mission bell
And I was thinking to myself,
“This could be Heaven or this could be Hell”
Then she lit up a candle and she showed me the way
There were voices down the corridor,
I thought I heard them say… Welcome to the Hotel California
Such a lovely place (Such a lovely place)
Such a lovely face
Plenty of room at the Hotel California
Any time of year (Any time of year)
You can find it here.
Thanks @1momentum for a fun morning out on this Mike Law mega-classic! Hotel California, 355m, grade 22.
#climbing #rockclimbing #bluemountains #classic @sterlingrope @lasportivaaustralia @goalzero #iphone @julboeyewear
My wrap up of 2014 — through the lens — is up on my blog. What an amazing year. Check it out! Link in my profile.
#climber Alex Ling, Shooting the Breeze (22), Windjammer Wall, #PointPerpendicular, NSW, Australia.
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