Daring. Defiant. Free. A new generation of superclimbers is pushing the limits in Yosemite.

Daring. Defiant. Free. A new generation of superclimbers is pushing the limits in Yosemite.

Posted: May 05, 2011 01:52 am EDT

And now to something completely different. The magic of Yosemite: El Capitan; Cathedral Rocks; and Half Dome - for many rock climbers from around the globe to climb here is a rite of passage.

There are new kids on the rocks, and they are free soloing. Mark Jenkins describes them: "Eminem blasting on his iPod, Alex Honnold is attempting something no one has ever tried before: to climb the Regular Northwest Face route on Half Dome without a rope."

A new generation of superclimbers who push the limits by scaling routes and ascending without ropes, and tightrope walking thousands of feet above waterfalls; Jimmy Chin captured it in images.

The photos are in the May 2011 issue of National Geographic magazine, on newsstands now.

Check out more pictures here.

The article can be read here.




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With no rope to save him, Dean Potter scales a route on Glacier Point called Heaven.
Image by Mikey Schaefer courtesy National Geographic, SOURCE
Despite the obvious risk, this spot on the Regular Northwest Face route on Half Dome is a welcome reprieve for Alex Honnold, who became a rock star at age 23 when he first climbed the famed route without a rope.

Composite of four images
Image by Jimmy Chin courtesy National Geographic, SOURCE
Leaping from Half Dome is illegal, but in Yosemite the sport of BASE jumping is soaring in popularity anyway. Climbers say it's faster (and more fun) to parachute into the valley than to hike all the way down the back of the mountain.
Image by Lynsey Dyer courtesy National Geographic, SOURCE
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