El Capitan, located in Yosemite National Park, has been a staple in the rock climbing community for decades, and it was thrust into the international zeitgeist with Alex Honnold’s film ‘Free Solo’.
In case you don’t remember, Honnold became the first climber to summit the legendary El Capitan route without the assistance of any ropes or harnesses.
We’re learning about videos from Monday, February 20th that show a huge section of El Capitan collapsing as park visitors looked on in amazement.
Check out the video below captured by James Piper:
A giant section of rock broke off El Capitan in Yosemite today. As fall as I know, no one was hurt. pic.twitter.com/7MihvT3V2Y
— James Piper (@JAMESPIPERPHOTO) February 21, 2023
Park Officials confirmed that nobody was injured in the incident and that the slide originated from the top of Horsetail Fall.
Horsetail is popular in the winter amongst photographers as the water sometimes picks up the red and orange glow of the sunset as it flows over the edge of El Capitan.
The rock slide did not affect Horsetail’s glow or look.
Here’s another video captured by Alex J Wood:
Avalanche! Crazy seeing giant piece of El Capitan fall at @YosemiteNPS @NBCNews @CNN @ABC #yosemite #yosemitenationalpark #rock #Avalanche @BBCWorld #elcapitan pic.twitter.com/9fVgQmDXvS
— Alex J Wood 🎨 🇪🇺 (@al3xjw) February 21, 2023
Thank goodness nobody was injured.
Yosemite National Park clarified that this slide was 5-10 times smaller than the 2017 rockfall that killed a 32-year-old British tourist.
Stay safe out there, friends!
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