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First Ski Descent of Clouds Rest in Yosemite

Jonathan Blair Picking his way thru 1000 feet of rocks and Ice in the no fall zone.

Skiers, Jonathan Blair and Jason Torlano, have become the first people to ever put tracks down the face of Clouds Rest at Yosemite. Yesterday morning, the two skiers skied the face of Cloud Rest mountain in California’s Yosemite Valley.

Clouds Rest is an arête, a thin, almost knife-like, ridge of rock formed when glaciers eroded away solid rock to form Tenaya Canyon and Little Yosemite Valley. The northwest face, mostly solid granite, raises 5,000 feet (1,520 m) above Tenaya Creek. Although there are many peaks in the park having far greater elevation, Clouds Rest’s proximity to the valley gives it a very high degree of visual prominence. – wikipedia.org

starting the descent 
On The face of clouds rest JAN 16 2013

Stock image of Yosemite: Clouds Rest is the snow-covered peak on the left side of the image

 

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