Many of us have marveled at climbers making their way up the face of El Capitan. We are in awe of their skill and courage. These brave athletes inspire many unanswered questions: How long does it take to climb El Capitan? Do climbers eat and sleep along the way? Who were the first people to climb this wall?
After a very successful pilot program in 2009, Yosemite Conservancy will fund an enhanced program led by Yosemite Climbing Association. Park visitors will have the opportunity to speak with local climbing experts seven days a week, near the base of El Capitan (near the shuttle stop) and at Cathedral Wall. As part of this summer program telescopes will also be available, giving visitors a closer look while experts provide real-time commentary on the climber’s progress.