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Kyle Williams Sets New Half Dome Running Record (2:23:51)

The Half Dome record has fallen once again with a new fastest know time (FKT) of 2:23:51.

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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

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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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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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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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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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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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Waterfalls Everywhere (April 28 - May 12 2006)

Spring is here to the thunderous applause of the waterfalls. High flow and loud noise make sfor some excellent viewing and it doesn't seem to have peaked quite yet.

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Frosty Meadow (Dec 1-7, 2005)

There's been some beautiful frost on the meadows lately.  Cold nights (and days!) with humid but clear weather has made for some gorgeous hoar frost.

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