Anderson’s ascent was Yosemite’s first aided siege of a big wall and the first use of bolts.
Just ten days after making the summit, he guided the first group of tourists up his lines. Today, chest-high steel cables safeguard the still nerve-wracking climb up Half Dome—on a busy summer day, 3,000 people will hike it.
One can look at this increasingly parsed and trodden landscape and conclude that, yes, sadly, adventure is dead.
To look at this list is to be reminded that the limits of what is humanly possible when flesh and sticky rubber take on a mountain of vertical granite has been radically redefined by four distinct generations of rock monkeys.
The view was magnificent: peaks of the national park Muir would later be instrumental in creating spread to the horizon.