Yosemite And Climbing Influence

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Ted Newcomer Rock Climbing 156 Yosemite/ climbing importance October 3, 2012 History of Yosemite Around one million years ago what we know as Yosemite valley, was covered in a thick sheet of glacier ice. Receding glaciers carved massive “U” shapes out of the rolling hills of the Sierra Nevada. The sheer granite cliffs made it an ideal place to rock climb. Although in 1875, the larger Cliffs like El Captain, Half Dome, and Cathedral Rock were ruled unfit to climb. It was taken as a personal challenge to some, and the race to climb these cliffs had begun. George Anderson climbed Half Dome only five years after the California Geological Survey deemed it unclimbable.Anderson drilled holes approximately every six feet with a hand-held drill,

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