A short story of two young climbers making money by carrying climbers’ haul bags from the summit of El Cap.
“As wall climbers get older, stiffer, and maybe just a little more lazy, they will hire the monkeys to porter the gear either to the base off El Cap, or off the summit.
The going rate to the base is $50-60 and from the top it is $150.
It seems like it's quite a bit of money, but the bags are very heavy, painful, and it's actually a bit dangerous. Descending the East Ledges isn't for someone without climbing experience.
I feel like I've been in the right place and the right time, and I've gotten to carry loads for 5 different teams making almost $500.”