The Route

The Most Fa­mous Big Wall Free Climb in the World

Gripped - - CONTENTS - Photos by Alex Eg­ger­mont

The Nose Free

The Nose has been aided by thou­sands of climbers over the last 60 years, but only a few have freed it. The first as­cent was in 1958 af­ter 47 days of ef­fort by Wayne Merry, War­ren Hard­ing and Ge­orge Whit­more. The first free route on El Cap­i­tan was the West Face in 1979 by Ray Jar­dine and Bill

Price. Jar­dine and oth­ers dur­ing the early 1980s then made at­tempts at mak­ing the first free as­cent of The Nose, but it re­sisted for 14 years.

Be­fore The Nose was freed, the Salathé Wall was climbed with­out aid by Todd Skin­ner and Paul Piana over nine days in

Above: Seb Berthe on Chang­ing Cor­ners

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