Committed: Northwest Face of Half Dome, Yosemite


NW Face of Half Dome, Yosemite National Park from Mark Smiley on Vimeo.

"We started climbing at 4 a.m. To save time, we each attached ourselves to a fixed rope with a Petzl Tibloc (a simplified ascending device) to self-belay ourselves. Without a proper belay, we had to be in the mindset that we were basically free-soloing the first five pitches. If one of us did fall, the Tibloc would bite on the rope and arrest the fall (hopefully). It was too scary to trust it, so we climbed like we were not going to fall." Read the rest of the report at