For some, being outdoors is more than just a hobby—it is lifeblood that can be replaced by nothing else. Check out this short clip on what climbing and the walls of Yosemite Valley mean to longtime climber Doug Robinson. Robinson, who made the first clean ascent of the northwest face of Half Dome in 1973, has been a pioneer in climbing methods that don’t damage rock faces. His essay “The Whole Natural Art of Protection” was the catalyst for this movement.

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About The Author

Mitch Lex

Mitch grew up in Flagstaff, Arizona where he fell in love with kayaking, backpacking and just about everything else there is to do outside. Since moving to the Midwest, Mitch has continued to explore trails and rivers throughout the country. His greatest adventures include roaming with grizzlies and caribou on a NOLS course in Canada's Yukon Territory, swimming with dolphins while studying abroad in New Zealand, and guiding backpacking trips in southwestern Colorado and Utah. He sees the outdoors as a place where you can discover what is truly important in life while exploring a little bit about oneself along the way. Contrary to popular demand, he enjoys dried pineapple and Reese's pieces over M&M's and raisins in his trail mix any day of the week. Sorry GORP.