El Capitan is a vertical rock formation near the western end of the north side of Yosemite Valley in Yosemite National Park. It is an imposing granite monolith extending about 900 metres from base to summit along its tallest face, and is a favourite challenge for rock climbers from around the world.
All very impressive. But for a brief window of time each February, if the conditions are perfect, something happens which elevates El Capitan from impressive to supernaturally awesome.
That phenomenon is the firefall. Continue reading