‘Big Wall Bev’ Changed the Calculus of Women’s Climbing in Yosemite

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‘Big Wall Bev’ Changed the Calculus of Women’s Climbing in Yosemite

In little over a month, Johnson, by then known as “Big-Wall Bev,” had spent nearly three weeks on El Capitan’s sheer granite face. On Whack and Dangle, a Yosemite route now rated 5.11b, Johnson paused mid-climb and shouted down to her partner, Bruce Hilden. The two first met in Yosemite, as Trip Gabriel related in a 1996 Outside magazine profile of Hoover. The weather had turned nasty, and the helicopter carrying Johnson, Hoover, Wells and their ski guide was forced to land and wait out the storm. ***For more on Johnson’s incredible climbing life, pick up The View from the Edge: Life and Landscapes of Beverly Johnson

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