El Capitan Daredevils – The story of the few who have climbed the 3000 foot granite wall of Yosemite National Park.

August 23, 2015

Hiking. Fishing. Camping.  What about using the parks for, well, being a bad ass. The documentary “Valley Uprising” tells the story of the rock climbers who have dared El Capitan – the 3000 foot granite wall of Yosemite National Park. Nick Rosen is the film’s director. He told Steve Paulson that the story starts back in the 1950s. Before climbing wall gyms. Before it was even legal to climb in Yosemite.

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Having had several relatives who've worked as Back Country Rangers, serving the public in various National Parks including Yosemite during the 1960s and 1970s, and who were charged with not infrequently risking their own safety rescuing stranded and injured climbers and boulderers and occasionally hauling their tattered remains past other park visitors, I found Mr Rosen's descriptions of the hotdogs tediously familiar in their fond recollection of childish, narcissistic, egocentric creeps he mentions.