Twenty-three and a half hours! I think that is when all three of us finally stood atop El Capitan. It was October 3rd, 2012, another bluebird California fall day preceding a warm star filled evening. The last time I had climbed The Nose it was June 9, 2012…Jes and I climbed our fastest NIAD time. This, ironically, was my slowest NIAD time, barely squeaking it under a day!
In June, Jes Meiris and I were climbing for speed. This Octobers adventure was a fundraiser for Paradox Sports– based out of Boulder, Colorado. Paradox strives to create a world where “people of all backgrounds and abilities can pursue a life of excellence through human-powered outdoor sports, regardless of physical disability. Timmy O’Neill (Paradox Sports Founder), Mikey Ray (a new climber, but accomplished athlete), and myself. The three of us climbed, jugged, and laughed our way up The Nose –Timmy even took a business call around Pitch 22– to raise money for this fantastic non-profit.
This time lapse video was taken by Tim McCanus in the Meadow. Our headlamps climb through the rising full moon off Dolt Tower thru El Cap Tower, and end doing the King Swing.