Abseiling From The Top Of The World
These avid climbers have completed one of the world’s largest abseils down the El Capitan granite monolith, located in Yosemite National Park in California.
26-year old Amy Hinkle (feet pictured above) and her team of 3 completed the rappel using a 3,000ft-long rope.
‘The top of El Capitan has amazing views but at the same time there is no shelter from the sun or the wind that whips through the valley, picking up granite dust and slamming it against your skin.
They top photo represents what the team referred to as, “The Diving Board” as it represents taking a plunge off the mountain. “All that matters is the rope,” says Amy.
“Once attached, the nerves and fears fade away as all attention focuses on the rappel. It takes about 15 to 20 minutes on average to get to the bottom, which roughly equates to the standard safe one metre per second speed.”