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Half Dome, Yosemite National Park

Photograph by Jimmy Chin, National Geographic


Honnold takes on the third zigzag of Half Dome without a rope. He has

just one more difficult section, or pitch, in the last three before

reaching the summit.

See more pictures from the May 2011 feature story "Daring. Defiant. Free."

What Made This a Photo of the Day

Last year's National Geographic

story about super climbers in Yosemite featured several heart-pounding

shots, and this one is no exception. The scale of the climber against

the vertical rock face and the expansive mountain vista behind him make

this one work for me. —Alexa Keefe, Photo of the Day editor

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