I first noticed the line, at the Sabbatical Wall in Indian Creek, Utah, last spring. I was mesmerized by its 150-foot wildly overhanging dihedral system composed of multiple offwidth roofs, all set on alluring red-brown Wingate 200 feet off the ground.
It was love at first sight when Ken Yager met Yosemite Valley for the first time in 1972. Living in Davis, California, 13-year-old Yager and his parents drove five hours east in the family car to Yosemite. The first thing he wanted to see in the Valley was El Capitan, a 3,000-foot-high granite monolith that loomed above the valley floor.
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"Standing amidst such a group, pinching myself yet again to make absolutely certain this was really happening, I watched, listened and photographed the very first meeting of two of the climbing world's greatest legends, as Royal and Reinhold turned toward each other and shook hands," writes Webster.

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