Advances in Climbing Technology Making Scaling El Capitan in Yosemite National Park Faster and the Etymology of “Base Jumping”

El Capitan, one of the largest and most dangerous cliff sides in Yosemite National Park in California, United States of America was first climbed successfully in 1958. The original trek took a staggering 47 days. By 1970, it took a week or less to make the same climb due to advances in climbing technology and set routes which climbed had laid out prior to their ascent. The term “base jumping” is an acronym which stands for the 4 categories of fixed objects from which one can jump off of. These c...

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