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Rock climber looking down while climbing on big wall in Yosemite

It should go without saying that you never take the leader off belay while they are climbing. This photo is for illustrative purposes only—hopefully the belayer holding the lead rope on this El Cap free route was paying attention.

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Rock climber on El Capitan, Yosemite, California.

Rock climber on El Capitan, Yosemite, California.