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Hans Florine and Alex Honnold Crush the Nose Record

Other people will cover this with a lot more detail than I will, but I was down in the meadow today and got to see Hans and Alex shave 13 minutes off the record on The Nose — new time: 2:23:46.

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Rickey Gates Sets New Half Dome Running Record - 2:28:18

I just found out a couple of days ago that Rickey Gates, a 29 year-old nomadic runner, shaved another couple of minutes off the Half Dome running recor

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Wawona Dome Topos now available

Erik just posted some topos for climbing on Wawona Dome.

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Getting ready for winter - added mileages to the Glacier Point Ski page

Get pysched for winter. I finally got it together to add mileages to the Glacier Point Ski Tour page.

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Foresta Fire Photos

Well, it's been an exciting week in Yosemite. First the fire, then the rock fall, then the earthquake. It's been pretty impressive to look at, but frightening too.

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Yosemite Prints from Edie

My friend Edie has been taking some great photos lately and, unfortunately, has had some issues with her car and at work that put her in some tough financial straights.

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Major Rock Fall in Curry Village

A small rockfall yesterday afternoon, October 7, damaged an unoccuppied tent cabin in Curry Village.

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New Record on the Nose

It took me a while to get around to this, but Hans and Yuji did it! I usually find watching climbing to be incredibly boring, especially from a distance, but it was incredibly exciting as they appeared to be on pace, then behind, then ahead but by just a little bit. In the end, they broke the record by about two minutes.
Bill Wright and Hans give the pitch-by-pitch account on speedclimb.com.

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Hans and Yuji going for Nose Record.

The title pretty much says it. Yuji showed up on Sunday night and, after 3 hours sleep, he and Hans did a recon on the Nose. It took them 4:48, but they spent a fair bit of time just hanging out on ledges talking and resting. The next morning, Yuji said he had "so much hurt" all over his body and was surprised at how much fitness he had lost after focusing on bouldering the last couple of years.

Anyway, they are up there as I write this, trying to climbing in 3:00 to 3:30 in preparation for a full-speed attempt on Sunday.

We'll see how it goes. Hans seems to be back in pretty good shape, but Yuji is climbing with an injured finger and thinks he may need to go home and rest it for a while before he can really do the record (which currently stands at 2:45).

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New Half Dome Running Record (2:30:50 ROUND TRIP by Ryan Ghelfi)

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Royal Arches On Fire (May 7, 2008)

Well, I'm guessing that some genius climbers who were moving slow got benighted and decided to stay warm with a fire. Someone said they saw a fire up there on Monday night.

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Valley Snows (25 January 2008)

We've been getting a lot of snow lately and I finally have done my weekly update to the photo journal after seven months. Seven months, seven days, what's the difference?

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2008 Photo Contest Winner: Jeff Murray

Finally getting around to announcing the winner: Jeffrey Murray,

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WideFetish.com: a website devoted to cracks 4" and bigger

Now I've pretty much quit climbing, but the one thing I really missed last year was not doing springtime get-in-shape laps on Generator Crack.

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2008 Photo Contest Entrants

[Update: Congratulations to Jeff Murray, the Grand Prize winner].

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2008 Photo Contest Judges

I've rounded up a few judges to help me out with the first (and possibly last unless I win another voucher) Yosemite Explorer Photo Contest. Now I just need some submissions! I'm quite pleased with the folks who've agreed to help with the judging though.

QT "Tuan" Luong, of TerraGalleria.com, has been a friend for over 15 years now if I recall correctly. He is a professional photographer, specializing in travel and landscape photography. As a photographer, he is perhaps best known for his National Parks Project, in which he photographed all national parks in large format, both near the car and deep into the backcountry (a few weeks ago I hiked Mount Hoffman with Tuan and his 5x7 camera, which counts as near backcountry I suppose). I have always admired Tuan's eye for composition and I have had the occasion to be able to compare pictures taken by Tuan and another professional photographer (of our wedding actually) at the same instance and have been impressed at his "hit rate". Tuan first became "internet famous" for having what was, as far as I know, the first website to publish detailed information about rock climbing in Yosemite (and one of the first websites on Yosemite of any kind). That information has long since been superceded, but his website on large-format photography remains relevant on that subject.

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In Memoriam: Todd Barstow

This is the saddest thing I've ever reported on Yosemite Explorer. I just learned Todd Barstow has finally succumbed to cancer.

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Yosemite Triple Crown (and other foolish projects for hikers and climbers)

I was poking around recently and found that somebody has just started a website devoted to what he calls the Yosemite Triple Crown.

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Horsetail Falls Natural Firefall

The old Glacier Point Firefall is long gone, but every February and, as this picture shows, even in March, when conditions are right, Horestail Falls on El Capitan provide a nice natural firefall.

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2007 Nordic Holiday Classic Ski Race Photos

Pictures of the 2007 Nordic Holiday Classic Ski Race on February 24th sponsored by the Yosemite Cross Country Ski Center

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Snowstorm in Yosemite Valley, Dec 17, 2006

Yosemite Valley in Black and White. I took this picture of Middle Cathedral and a couple similar ones of Bridal Veil Falls around dawn after a snowstorm.

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The Best El Cap Picture in the World - Gigapixel Resolution

Hat's off to the guys at http://www.xrez.com, a site devoted to gigapixal digital photography. That's right GIGApixel.

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Rough Autumn in Yosemite - deaths, accidents and illness - 2006

It was a terrible autumn for the Yosemite community this year, with a rash of accidents and deaths of both locals and visitors.

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December Light and Snow, Dec 16, 2006

We've been getting some snow and some nice light as you can see from that photo of Half Dome after Thanskgiving snows and from the one below of Yosemite Falls.

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Highway 140 Again

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