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    Okay, my turn to gush (see @alexhonnold recent post). The last time I tried to free climb this section of El Cap it took me seven years. This time it was about three weeks. Yes, this route was much easier and I learned a lot on the Dawn Wall.  But I think the main reason for the fast progress was that Alex always seemed to push our perceptions of what’s possible. Once again I felt lucky to be drafting off the worlds boldest and most badass rock climber. I was also exceedingly impressed by his willingness to pass up worlds of professional opportunity to come toil on the wall. Fame hasn’t spoiled Alex. He is still as core as they come. #thebromanceliveson 📸 by @austin_siadak
    Okay, my turn to gush (see @alexhonnold recent post). The last time I tried to free climb this section of El Cap it took me seven years. This time it was about three weeks. Yes, this route was much easier and I learned a lot on the Dawn Wall. But I think the main reason for the fast progress was that Alex always seemed to push our perceptions of what’s possible. Once again I felt lucky to be drafting off the worlds boldest and most badass rock climber. I was also exceedingly impressed by his willingness to pass up worlds of professional opportunity to come toil on the wall. Fame hasn’t spoiled Alex. He is still as core as they come. #thebromanceliveson 📸 by @austin_siadak
    For 15 years I was astonished that not more people free climbed on El Capitan. Well, now its pretty main stream and the climbing rangers are having to consider how to manage the influx. Overall I think El Cap is cleaner than it was 15 years ago.  People these days tend to be more respectful of the place and better about packing out their waste. In many ways, climbers have become defacto care takers of the park thanks to organizations like the Yosemite Climbers Association.  But more people means we need to continually be more thoughtful about our impact. The top of El Cap is in the spotlight for impact right now. So for those of you hoping to camp up there, here are some suggestions straight from the climbing rangers. 📸 @austin_siadak

Permit required for camping on top (exception for the night after climbing a wall). I'm hoping to add an East Ledges trailhead to our system but for now planned camping on top of El Cap will need a permit with Yosemite Falls, Rockslides, or Tamarack Flat trailheads--they can still hike up the East Ledges of course. (Permits are free by the way)
Please refrain from having fires on top of El Cap (next year this will likely be a regulation.) There is hardly any wood up there that is dead and down, and it is needed to regenerate the soil.
Label and date caches. Name and contact info. When you leave the park for the season it should all be gone. Climbers are getting special treatment here already, and caches left longer than 24 hours unattended are technically not allowed. We get it though and as long as you are actively working your route, and not leaving the park they are ok.
Food storage: regulation is either in a bear canister or hung over the face.
Of course all other LNT principles are relevant!
    For 15 years I was astonished that not more people free climbed on El Capitan. Well, now its pretty main stream and the climbing rangers are having to consider how to manage the influx. Overall I think El Cap is cleaner than it was 15 years ago. People these days tend to be more respectful of the place and better about packing out their waste. In many ways, climbers have become defacto care takers of the park thanks to organizations like the Yosemite Climbers Association. But more people means we need to continually be more thoughtful about our impact. The top of El Cap is in the spotlight for impact right now. So for those of you hoping to camp up there, here are some suggestions straight from the climbing rangers. 📸 @austin_siadak Permit required for camping on top (exception for the night after climbing a wall). I'm hoping to add an East Ledges trailhead to our system but for now planned camping on top of El Cap will need a permit with Yosemite Falls, Rockslides, or Tamarack Flat trailheads--they can still hike up the East Ledges of course. (Permits are free by the way) Please refrain from having fires on top of El Cap (next year this will likely be a regulation.) There is hardly any wood up there that is dead and down, and it is needed to regenerate the soil. Label and date caches. Name and contact info. When you leave the park for the season it should all be gone. Climbers are getting special treatment here already, and caches left longer than 24 hours unattended are technically not allowed. We get it though and as long as you are actively working your route, and not leaving the park they are ok. Food storage: regulation is either in a bear canister or hung over the face. Of course all other LNT principles are relevant!
    We’ve been keeping things kinda vegue this season as to not make too much of a spectacle. But @alexhonnold and I, with @austin_siadak and @kjorgeson finished a pretty legit new free route on El Cap a few days ago. It primarily followed the aid climb New Dawn and has some of the most spectacular climbing I have found. It’s a continuation of a free route that @leo_houlding established half way up the wall 18 years ago called Passage to Freedom. That route was ahead of its time and  a work of art in itself featuring El Caps first sideways Dyno. Leo also bolted a Alfa Romeo hood badge to the wall which he used as a handhold to get past a section he believed was impossible without. (We found a way around). After a few weeks of work, having not tried many of sections of the climb, Alex and I went for kind of a Hail Mary attempt. Miraculously we pulled it off! Life complications kept Kevin away for too much of the Toiling and working of the route for him to feel ready for the Hail Mary. Wish you could have been with us buddy. There are many great stories and photos from @austin_siadak. So I’m going to try and share a few in the coming days. Last photo in the reel is Leo back in the day and was taken by  Andrew Mcgarry.
    We’ve been keeping things kinda vegue this season as to not make too much of a spectacle. But @alexhonnold and I, with @austin_siadak and @kjorgeson finished a pretty legit new free route on El Cap a few days ago. It primarily followed the aid climb New Dawn and has some of the most spectacular climbing I have found. It’s a continuation of a free route that @leo_houlding established half way up the wall 18 years ago called Passage to Freedom. That route was ahead of its time and a work of art in itself featuring El Caps first sideways Dyno. Leo also bolted a Alfa Romeo hood badge to the wall which he used as a handhold to get past a section he believed was impossible without. (We found a way around). After a few weeks of work, having not tried many of sections of the climb, Alex and I went for kind of a Hail Mary attempt. Miraculously we pulled it off! Life complications kept Kevin away for too much of the Toiling and working of the route for him to feel ready for the Hail Mary. Wish you could have been with us buddy. There are many great stories and photos from @austin_siadak. So I’m going to try and share a few in the coming days. Last photo in the reel is Leo back in the day and was taken by Andrew Mcgarry.
    It’s pretty incredible to have the best filmmakers in the business documenting your biggest adventures. The Reel Rock film tour never disappoints.  This year I’m part of a film about about speed climbing The Nose.  It just may Be  a bit of a classic. Check it out at one of 600 locations world wide!
    It’s pretty incredible to have the best filmmakers in the business documenting your biggest adventures. The Reel Rock film tour never disappoints. This year I’m part of a film about about speed climbing The Nose. It just may Be a bit of a classic. Check it out at one of 600 locations world wide!
    I spent the last week camped on top of El Cap witnessing some of the most breathtaking smoke enhanced sunsets I have seen. The falling ash made it feel both surreal and apocalyptic.
    I spent the last week camped on top of El Cap witnessing some of the most breathtaking smoke enhanced sunsets I have seen. The falling ash made it feel both surreal and apocalyptic.
    Family adventures can feel shockingly similar to ferrying loads in the mountains, but with more laughter...and tears. What a weekend!#bikepackingwithkids #joyfulmasochism 📸 @beccajcaldwell
    Family adventures can feel shockingly similar to ferrying loads in the mountains, but with more laughter...and tears. What a weekend!#bikepackingwithkids #joyfulmasochism 📸 @beccajcaldwell
    We put Fitz in to public school this year which means evenings and weekends are our time to get outside and play as a family. School has been great for him so far but we want to make sure he still gets a lot of imaginative play. For us that requires the outdoors and good fuel (Clif zBar has whole grains and no high fructose corn syrup!). @clifkid and @greenkidcrafts sent us this Imagination Kit for Fitz and he loved it so much we’d like to share with you. 
Click link in bio to enter to win an Outdoor Imagination Kit and get 10 Clif Kid products for $5 plus free shipping with code: TOMMY5 (while supplies last).
    We put Fitz in to public school this year which means evenings and weekends are our time to get outside and play as a family. School has been great for him so far but we want to make sure he still gets a lot of imaginative play. For us that requires the outdoors and good fuel (Clif zBar has whole grains and no high fructose corn syrup!). @clifkid and @greenkidcrafts sent us this Imagination Kit for Fitz and he loved it so much we’d like to share with you. Click link in bio to enter to win an Outdoor Imagination Kit and get 10 Clif Kid products for $5 plus free shipping with code: TOMMY5 (while supplies last).
    Had to visit my favorite place during @yosemitefacelift. Good to spend some time with Kevin and get psyched for some time on the Captain this fall!
    Had to visit my favorite place during @yosemitefacelift. Good to spend some time with Kevin and get psyched for some time on the Captain this fall!
    It’s been a pretty crazy last couple weeks  of environmental work. I met some legends on Capitol Hill, did some good work in the Senate and House, protested on the steps of the capitol with the @sunrisemovement, and spoke at Harvard/MIT and the Cragging Classic about conservation and adventure activism.  I’m starting to find the allure of making a positive difference for our kids too good to resist.  If feels a bit like when I started climbing the Dawn Wall. There is an end goal that seems quite improbable. The journey will certainly be met with a lot of setbacks and failure, but no matter what it’s going to be a crazy adventure that profoundly shapes us as humans. Extra thanks to Erik Murdock @accessfund , Lindsay  Bourgoine @pow_action_fund and Justin Brown for pulling off some extraordinary events. The world needs more people like you!

It’s slightly unfortunate that my social media has obviously been targeted by some paid climate change denying trolls hiding behind private accounts. But I guess that means we have the big money mongering special interest groups on the run. We must persevere!
    It’s been a pretty crazy last couple weeks of environmental work. I met some legends on Capitol Hill, did some good work in the Senate and House, protested on the steps of the capitol with the @sunrisemovement, and spoke at Harvard/MIT and the Cragging Classic about conservation and adventure activism. I’m starting to find the allure of making a positive difference for our kids too good to resist. If feels a bit like when I started climbing the Dawn Wall. There is an end goal that seems quite improbable. The journey will certainly be met with a lot of setbacks and failure, but no matter what it’s going to be a crazy adventure that profoundly shapes us as humans. Extra thanks to Erik Murdock @accessfund , Lindsay Bourgoine @pow_action_fund and Justin Brown for pulling off some extraordinary events. The world needs more people like you! It’s slightly unfortunate that my social media has obviously been targeted by some paid climate change denying trolls hiding behind private accounts. But I guess that means we have the big money mongering special interest groups on the run. We must persevere!
    It struck me this morning while marching with the youth in DC that there is a wonderful side effect to this kind of activism. Purpose driven passion is what creates happiness. Nothing feels more right than fighting for what you truly believe is best for the people you love. And I really love our kids. It’s time to follow their lead.
    It struck me this morning while marching with the youth in DC that there is a wonderful side effect to this kind of activism. Purpose driven passion is what creates happiness. Nothing feels more right than fighting for what you truly believe is best for the people you love. And I really love our kids. It’s time to follow their lead.
    We’re getting ready to strike! @gretathunberg has started something that has become central to what I believe will be the apex issue of our time. Seeing her in DC last week was truly moving. Momentum is building. Not getting involved is making a pretty big bet against the future of humanity. Get out there and let our policy makers know we need action! Link in my bio to find a strike near you. #thereisnoplanetb
    We’re getting ready to strike! @gretathunberg has started something that has become central to what I believe will be the apex issue of our time. Seeing her in DC last week was truly moving. Momentum is building. Not getting involved is making a pretty big bet against the future of humanity. Get out there and let our policy makers know we need action! Link in my bio to find a strike near you. #thereisnoplanetb
    Arctic Bill 1146 passed the house floor while we were testifying to the Senate Democrats special committee on the climate crisis. Thanks @pow_action_fund for always punching above your weight. Such a pleasure to be involved. I made some new hero’s this week.
    Arctic Bill 1146 passed the house floor while we were testifying to the Senate Democrats special committee on the climate crisis. Thanks @pow_action_fund for always punching above your weight. Such a pleasure to be involved. I made some new hero’s this week.
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