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VIDEO: Witness the “27 Tons of Hell” That Obliterated An El Cap Big Wall Route

Phillip Bay and Brian Degenhardt were on top of Higher Cathedral Spire when they saw this fearsome act of nature. If you take one thing from the article to which this post is related, it is that rockfall on El Cap and elsewhere is continual—take, and wear, your helmet.

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Phillip Bay and Brian Degenhardt were on top of Higher Cathedral Spire when they witnessed this fearsome act of nature. Bay took the below video. The two had climbed the 600-foot Regular Route (5.9+).

See this current (Membership only) article, “The Day El Cap Rained 27 Tons of Hell in Yosemite,” on this incident and others, including a way-too-close call on Lost in America, as recounted by Chris Van Leuven.

See also this famous video taken by Pete Zabrok during the same major event, of the rockfall directly below him and his party, as described in the same article.