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El Capitan | IIAWT

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Rising 7,573 feet over Yosemite Valley, El Capitan is one of the two iconic mountains of the valley, and of Yosemite National Park as a whole. With over 3,000 feet of vertical elevation gain, “the chief” is an imposing granite monolith that is one of the most challenging climbs in the world. In this episode of IIAWT, veteran climber Paul Souza talks about about his ascent of El Capitan, training for an ascent of this classic peak and about his climbing philosophy overall.