On September 11, 2019, Sébastien Berthe climbed the big wall tour The Nose in the Yosemite Valley as the seventh person ever. The following video tells the story of the ascent and introduces the sympathetic Belgian.

The Nose on El Capitan was first climbed in 1958 by Warren Harding, Wayne Merry and George Whitmore. The three climbers invested approximately 50 days, spread over several years, in the technical ascent of the route. The first free ascent was made by the American Lynn hill in 1993 and 1994.

The route has only been climbed by nine people worldwide. A few days after Sébastien the couple Babsi Zangerl and Jacopo Larcher made another free ascent of this historical route.

A film about the ascent of The Nose by the Belgian Sébastien Berthe

These are the conquerors of the most famous route - The Nose - on El Capitan

1993: Lynn Hill (All lengths climbed freely, but one length in the toprope, because a trad gear was in one grip)
1994: Lynn Hill (all in the lead)
1998: Scott Burke
2005: Beth Rodden, Tommy Caldwell (within four days)
2005: Tommy Caldwell (two days later Tommy returned and released The Nose in less than 12 hours)
2014: Jorg Verhoeven
2018: Keita Kurakami (Rope solo)
2018: Connor Herson (youngest person ever to free climb The Nose)
2019: Sébastien Berthe
2019: Barbara Zangerl and Jacopo Larcher

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Credits: Cover picture Alexandre Eggermont / Petzl