1107© 2014 John Dickey158
Alex and I made a rough plan to meet a couple thousand feet off the ground on El Capitan in Yosemite in a "few days". I looked up from the meadow each day to monitor his progress and after 3 days I knew I would be heading up the following afternoon. I had never been to that part of El Cap before so the big wall game of hide and seek in a vertical ocean of granite was under way. Rappelling, swinging, getting tangled in ropes, ascending the ropes back out to try again and again. Then the all time worst rope cluster of my life almost cost me this shoot. I was fuming. Somehow getting worked over by that rope forced the timing of this photo, Alex was out of gas but determined to send and the light was fading fast. The mix of all these elements came together to produce this very raw and authentic look at one of the best climbers in history on one of the greatest stones on earth.