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Kate Rutherford scaling a rock face next to Yosemite Falls
April 27, 2011

Freestone Climb, Yosemite Falls

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Kate Rutherford can't hear a thing while climbing so close to the roar of Yosemite Falls. She can't find much to hang on to either. The water polishes the rock "like glass." Wearing tape on her hands, she has to repeatedly jam them into fissures for the ascent. Spectacular scenery makes up for the discomfort. The climbing route is called Freestone, Rutherford says, because "it's a peach of a route."

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Photograph by Jimmy Chin

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