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No Ropes, No Problem: Alex Honnold Is First to Conquer El Capitan Without Safety Gear

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Three thousand feet up, and not a nylon rope in sight.

Yosemite National Park offers a host of iconic images: vivacious waterfalls, snow-capped peaks, and dense blankets of evergreens and redwoods. But, arguably, no swath of Yosemite is quite so recognizable (or foreboding) as El Capitan, the park's infamous 3,000-foot vertical granite wall, known for both its bouldering difficulty and awe-inspiring views.

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