Legends Jim Donini and George Lowe Plan “Nose-in-a-Day” on El CapBy Steve Casimiro on February 26th, 2013
Forget the fact that Jim Donini will turn 70 this July and George Lowe will be 69 in August. These two climbers have seen and done pretty much everything you can. Now they’d like to climb El Cap’s Nose in a single day in May. Both have done the Nose before, along with other El Capitan routes: Donini was the first to free-climb Boot Flake on the Nose, and Lowe did the Nose in a day in the 1990s with the late Alex Lowe. And while Donini and Lowe have each racked up serious firsts on their own in the past, they’ve also shared some huge efforts together, including a failed try on Latok I in the Karakorum — a lifetime ago, in 1978. And why the Nose? Donini says part of the appeal is re-familiarizing himself with Yosemite’s slippery granite. “It’s important to break out of your comfort zone or else you stagnate.” Words of wisdom, regardless of age. Via Climbing.
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