Monday, February 20, 2012

Smileys On Half Dome

The Smileys are attempting to be the first couple to climb the “Fifty Classic Climbs of North America” Here they are last fall climbing Half Dome

“We started climbing at 4am. To save time, we each attached ourselves to a fixed rope with a Petzl Tibloc (a simplified ascending device) to self-belay ourselves. Without a proper belay, we had to be in the mindset that we were basically free soloing the first five pitches. If one of us did  fall the Tibloc would bit on the rope, and arrest the fall (hopefully). It was too scary to trust it, so we climbed like we were not going to fall.”


NW Face of Half Dome, Yosemite National Park from Mark Smiley on Vimeo.

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