Adventure Hiking up El Cap’s West Gully

Adventure Hiking up El Cap’s West Gully
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A group of Yellowstone locals escape the heat and find both history and thrills on a little traveled line up Yosemite’s famed big wall.

By Chris Van Leuven, Photos by Max Buschini 

Today, 25 years after moving to Yosemite, this place of wonder remains my home. Here the climbing adventures continue as I seek out obscure routes to unearth hidden history and learn—firsthand—about climbs done over a hundred years ago. 

Yosemite Valley is quiet this summer for two reasons; it’s burning hot which drives visitors to higher elevations and with Covid-19, the park is almost deserted—open roads have replaced gridlock. Campgrounds are shuttered and trails are vacant except for a few people. When climbing high above the ground in silence, the stillness overtakes me.

To beat the heat most climbers head to the Yosemite High Country —Tuolumne Meadows—a scenic wonderland of rolling domes and twisting rivers.... Continue Reading at Elevation Outdoors

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