On November 11, 2019, Belgian climber Sébastien Berthe became only the seventh person to free climb the Nose (VI 5.14a), the world's most famous route, on El Capitan, Yosemite. He also became the first person ever to free climb the route ground up.
"The whole route demands that you be a good climber. You can't just rehearse the moves and put your hands and feet in the right place; you have to climb well the whole way up."
Belgian climber Sébastien Berthe freed the Nose at the beginning of the month. Now Zangerl and Larcher have done so, too.
Search Wikipedia for “Frank Sacherer,” and you’ll find … nothing, at least not in English. Google him and the first listing is often “Find a Grave,” which tells you that he was born in 1940, was a theoretical physicist and a Yosemite rock climber who died in a mountaineering accident. Simply put, Frank Sacherer was one of the fathers of free climbing.
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