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Camp 4
It’s not much to look at really, a dusty walk-in campground beneath the pines, littered here and there with boulders. But this patch of dirt at the base of El Capitan on the floor of Yosemite Valley is on the National Registry of Historic Places, an honorific bestowed on what is generally considered both the birthplace of modern rock climbing and a counterculture phenomenon. It was here for example, in between ascents in the 1960s, that a young blacksmith and Yosemite “dirtbagger” named Yvon Choinard developed climbing hardware that launched an outdoor-gear empire: Patagonia. You don’t need to be an aspiring Alex Honnold – who recently became the first person to climb El Cap solo without a rope – to bump into climbing greatness here: The campground is first come, first served, for 6 bucks a night.
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Northside Dr, Yosemite Valley, CA 95389, USA
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