"Test for brawn and breath, Half Dome’s 45-degree back-side trail evokes the vim of youth and the caution of increasing years." — Originally published in “The Other Yosemite” in National Geographic magazine, June 1974
Two climbers in California’s Yosemite national park make history as they reach the summit of what has been called the world’s hardest rock climb. Kevin Jorgeson and Tommy Caldwell, seen climbing here, scaled the half-mile section of exposed granite known as the Dawn Wall on El Capitan peak. Corey Rich/Aurora Photos
Considered the "Outer Limits" of Yosemite's climbing areas, Cookie Cliff contains some of the most extreme climbs in the park.The cliff consists of numerous climbs, including The Twilight Zone, Cookie Monster, Crack-A-Go-Go, Wheat Thin, The Cleft, Pringles, and more hilariously named nooks and crannies.The climbs offer some incredible views of the park, but are generally recommended for seasoned climbers.