The Most Famous Big Wall Free Climb in the World
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