For rock climbing enthusiasts, there are few sites that evoke as much of a sense of admiration and inspiration as El Capitan. Located in California’s Yosemite National Park, El Capitan is one of a handful of sites that can be both a climber’s dream and worst nightmare. It has earned this reputation because of the difficulty of the climb and the time it takes to ascend it. However, climbers do not simply ascend and descend the rock face all in one go. Many choose to rest during the climb using special tents that hang off the rock face. Here are eight photos of daredevil climbers who pitched a tent 3,000 feet in the air off the side of the rock face.
Climbing tents, which can be hooked into the rock face, have made it easier for climbers to ascend El Capitan. These tents give climbers a chance to rest their arms and legs so they can conserve their energy for the next phase of their journey.
Climbers who choose to scale El Capitan must carry a large amount of equipment with them, including food, water, and waste. The hanging tents give climbers a place to store some of their equipment while they rest.