The Nose follows the red line, approximately. This marks the first time I've ever taken someone else's photo and altered it for my own purposes. For the record, it was submitted by someone named Deb to the site SummitPost.org.No, I've never climbed it. Never even been to Yosemite.
The Nose was also the sight of what many consider to be, along with its first ascent in 1958, one of the single greatest achievements in climbing: Lynn Hill's first free ascent in 1994. "Free ascent" means using only your hands or feet to make progress up the rock, never pulling on gear to make headway. She upped the ante the following year by doing it free in a single day. It took another 10 years for anyone to follow her lead, despite the efforts over that period of many of the strongest climbers in the world. Name another "sport" (I hate to apply the term to climbing) where not only do men and women "compete" (again, the word doesn't quite fit) on equal footing, but a woman actually sets the bar so high that it would take another decade for anyone, man or woman, to match her. Below is the tail end of a documentary made about her climb.
On a sad note, in researching this post I learned that the issue of the magazine I was reading this morning that started all this was the final issue of that publication, ever. Alpinist has closed its doors. I really am bummed about this. It was far and away the finest climbing magazine in the world, publishing quarterly on archival-quality stock featuring writing and photography of the highest caliber with limited advertisements. Their offices were in Jackson, WY and I had the chance to meet some of the editorial staff and contributing writers when I lived there. It was the rare content-driven publication created by people who not only had a passion for the subject, but a passion for writing and design as well, bringing it all together in what can only be called a work of art. After only 25 issues, it will be missed.