1. The Nose on El Capitan


    from Mark Smiley Added 36K 363 14

    Nearly 3000 vertical feet of pure awesomeness. The Nose was the original line up El Cap. It is said to be the best rock climb in the world, and after completing it we would have to agree. Read the…

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    • Salathe - El Capitan, Yosemite


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      There are few things better than driving into the Valley in October. You come around that one turn and all focus shifts from the road to El Capitan's West facing walls. Amazing. I pity the fool…

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      • Denali's Cassin Ridge - One of the biggest and best alpine routes in the USA


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        Janelle Smiley and I climbed the Cassin Ridge on the South side of Denali. This uber classic alpine route starts at 11,200 feet and tops out on the summit of Denali, 20,310 feet. Check out our other…

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        • NW Face of Half Dome, Yosemite National Park


          from Mark Smiley Added 23K 164 12

          We started climbing at 4AM. 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…

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          • West Ridge of Mount Hunter, AK


            from Mark Smiley Added 26.8K 168 28

            Climbing in the Alaskan Range is the real deal. The West Ridge of Mt Hunter is the hardest climb I have ever completed. Steep snow rock and ice faces, big exposure, and Alaska style weather all add…

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            • Mt Robson's Wishbone Arête


              from Mark Smiley Added 25.6K 158 18

              As we drove north on the Icefield Parkway, after talking to Nancy, the conversation was as lively as a cemetery. It seemed like Janelle had already mentally thrown in the towel. Me, the stubborn one,…

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              • Mt Waddington, The South Face


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                Follow Mark & Janelle Smiley's journey to climb the Fifty Classic Climbs of North America. The South Face of Mt Waddington is located in British Columbia's remote Coast Range. "I…

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                • Mt Alberta's Japanese Route


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                  Climbing the very loose Japanese Route on Mt Alberta.

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                  • Lotus Flower Tower


                    from Mark Smiley Added 25.5K 117 6

                    This 2000 foot climb is truly amazing. From the thousands of miles you have to drive north to the Yukon, to the flight across the NW Territories boarder, landing on a lake, the approach, the campground,…

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                    • Rock Climber's Role Reversal


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                      Mark Smiley and Janelle Smiley switch roles while out on a typical day at the crag. Enjoy! Follow along on our journey to climb the iconic Fifty Classic Climbs of North America: www.smileysproject.com Instagram: Janelle:…

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