Earlier this week, the world watched in awe as Alex Honnold ascended El Capitan without ropes. Following the momentous climbing achievement, Leah Pappajohn and Jonathan Fleury decided to put up an equally ballsy line by ascending the Nose completely nude… in a single day.
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We Did It!!! @j.fleury and I climbed The Nose naked; the first naked ascent of El Cap! (for you non-climbers out there: "naked" is not a fancy climbing term like "free". It straight-up means I did it without any clothes.) We even broke both of our personal time records on the route: 12hrs exactly! I'm telling ya'll- lightweight is the way to do it! It's hard to express what I feel after a life dream has been achieved. Yes, I feel some sunburn. I feel a bit sore. I feel proud of myself of course. But overwhelmingly, I feel so loved. I feel supported and encouraged by my friends, all the monkeys, my family (who answered my victory-announcing phone call with EVERYONE on speaker phone to hear), and especially my favorite monkey, Robbie. He has helped me every step of the way, (and even managed to get us on the news!) Anyhow, thanks ya'll for knowing that something this silly was still, honestly important to me. I guess the thing is, I thought I'd be saying that this is the greatest accomplishment of my life, but that's not true. It feels so much greater to be the best friend, daughter, sister, and partner that I can be. Working at that is always my most worthwhile struggle, and greatest achievement when I feel this kind of love. #FNA #themonkeysaresending #niad
Besides the obvious hazards of rock climbing, the duo had to utilize loads of extra sunscreen. Even with hands and private parts covered in sunscreen, the pair finished the 31-pitch ascent in just over 11 hours, claiming they never once got cold even though they only wore climbing shoes and a harness each.
Find out more here: First Naked Ascent of The Nose on El Capitan