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Alex Honnold Climbs Yosemite’s El Capitan Without a Rope

Alex Honnold Climbs Yosemite’s El Capitan Without a Rope

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YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, CALIFORNIA—Renowned rock climber Alex Honnold on Saturday became the first person to scale the iconic nearly 3,000-foot granite wall known as El Capitan without using ropes or other safety gear, completing what may be the greatest feat of pure rock climbing in the history of the sport.He ascended the peak in 3 hours, 56 minutes, taking the final moderate pitch at a near run. At 9:28 a.m. PDT, under a blue sky and few wisps of cloud, he pulled his body over the rocky lip of summit and stood on a sandy ledge the size of a child’s bedroom.Honnold began his historic rope-less climb—a style known as “free soloing”—in the pink light of dawn at 5:32 a.m. He had spent the night in the customized van that serves as his mobile base camp, risen in the d
Virtual Reality Tour Allows Users to Experience Yosemite National Park With President Obama

Virtual Reality Tour Allows Users to Experience Yosemite National Park With President Obama

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The "Through the Ages: President Obama Celebrates America’s National Parks," developed for the facility's centennial, allows users to walk through the park with President Barack Obama.No one has ever seen Yosemite quite like this.On Thursday, Facebook-owned virtual reality headset maker Oculus released an immersive experience from VR outfit Felix & Paul Studios that transports viewers into Yosemite National Park. But it's not just anyone giving viewers a tour. President Barack Obama makes his virtual reality debut in the 11-minute video, using it as an opportunity to share his message about the preservation of natural landmarks and humans' role in fighting climate change.Through the Ages: President Obama Celebrates America's National Parks was shot over Father's Day ear