Nat Geo Shines The Spotlight On Yosemite’s “Superclimbers”

Nat Geo Shines The Spotlight On Yosemite’s “Superclimbers”

With an image of Alex Honnold on Half Dome’s Thank God Ledge gracing its cover, National Geographic‘s latest issue takes a look at a “new generation of superclimbers…pushing the limits in Yosemite”.  If you don’t subscribe to Nat Geo or aren’t inclined to go pick up a copy you’re in luck since most of the content featured within the magazine is already online along with a few bonus videos.

A scanned version of the feature article by Mark Jenkins can be downloaded here or read here on the Nat Geo website.  In addition, there is a photo gallery with images from the likes of Mikey Schaefer and Jimmy Chin as well as a trio of videos going behind the scenes with Chin, free soloing with Alex Honnold, and highlining with Dean Potter.  There’s also a cool interactive map showing the lines of a few routes up El Cap.

Interactive map showing a few historically significant routes up El Cap

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8 Responses to Nat Geo Shines The Spotlight On Yosemite’s “Superclimbers”

  1. Adam April 26, 2011 at 5:32 pm #

    Looks like they left off Lynn Hill on that timeline.

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  2. Colin P April 26, 2011 at 5:51 pm #

    Very nice article. Don’t worry, Lynn gets her kudos in it.

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    • Adam April 26, 2011 at 10:05 pm #

      I’m glad to hear it. She definitely deserves it.

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  3. Rethink April 26, 2011 at 7:08 pm #

    Lynn Hill was quoted and discussed at some length in the actual article. The article, I thought, could have been better. While using non-climber jargon in place of only-known-to-climber terms (obviously necessary as it is written for a general audience), it neglected to explain the very important difference between aid and free climbing. Perhaps worse, it had a very sappy ending.

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  4. ahhh April 26, 2011 at 8:44 pm #

    I think they may have been unclear about the difference between soloing and free climbing as well.

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  5. Guest April 26, 2011 at 11:05 pm #

    Since the internet is for complaining I’m going to comment on the Yosemite Falls Highline. I hiked the falls trail this past weekend and there are still remnants of the photo shoot. Very unsightly (red and yellow) webbing was left on the arete on the opposite side of the waterfall. You can see it at :48 seconds in the video. Hopefully this will be removed or at least replaced with less visually impacting webbing in the future. A couple of camo’ed bolts would be much better.

    I enjoyed the video and many of the things Dean does but think that “leave no trace” should be considered here.

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    • Rethink April 27, 2011 at 12:41 am #

      Love it: “since the internet is for complaining . . .” Well put.

      Potter consistently rubs me the wrong way (not saying he’s responsible for the stuff left behind). In any case, walking a tightrope contraption over the falls may be a nice “photo op” stunt, but obviously has little to do with actual climbing, which according to my impression, is supposed to be the focus of the article.

      It’s as if NG did a cover story polar bears, and spent days of effort to get a nice glossy full page shot of Koalas feeding in Australia.

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    • Narc April 27, 2011 at 12:27 pm #

      That is definitely disappointing to hear. Hopefully they will go back and clean up their mess.

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