Interview: The First Naked Ascent of El Capitan

El Capitan saw two firsts last week. On June 3, Alex Honnold made the historic first free solo of the monolithic wall via Freerider, climbing the route with nothing but the clothes on his back. On June 6, Leah Pappajohn and Jonathan Fleury traded out the clothes for a rope and completed the first naked ascent of El Cap via the Nose in a day. We spoke to Pappajohn about the ascent.

Leah Pappajohn and Jonathan Fleury pose for the summit shot after making the first ascent of the Nose sans clothesLeah Pappajohn
Leah Pappajohn and Jonathan Fleury pose for the summit shot after making the first ascent of the Nose sans clothes

What gave you the idea to climb El Cap naked?

Leah Pappajohn: The dream of climbing El Cap naked was an obvious one to me, but it took years for me to feel it was a possible in relation to my climbing ability. It’s a great feeling to climb nude. It’s empowering for me. And come on, it’s funny. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: Climbing

30th November 2017

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