Simon Bisson (sbisson) wrote,
Simon Bisson
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On the wall


On the wall
Originally uploaded by sbisson.
I used to climb, hanging from the faces of Gower sea cliffs and welsh limestone in the Brecons.

But I never would have climbed El Capitan. It's the Big Wall among big walls, sheer pink granite rising thousands of feet from the Yosemite Valley. If you're a world class fast solo free climber you can be up it in hours, but most take a couple of days to make their way up the smooth rock of its vertical faces.

In Yosemite at the beginning of October we watched a small team half-way up the wall make slow progress across the exposed rock, inching up a crack to a ledge where they'd bivouac for the night.

Tiny dots, smaller than ants. It gave you a sense of perspective, of insignificance.

And of the beauty of it all.
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