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Yosemite's Rock Fall

Engrossing video profiles the potentially deadly crumbling of Yosemite's infamous granitic cliffs

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Steve Bumgardner has an amazing job: As Yosemite’s official videographer, it’s his job to craft mini-movies highlighting the natural grandeur of the park. And as anyone who’s been there knows, it’s got a whole lot.

His latest entry into the Yosemite Nature Notes series chronicles the role of rock fall in the evolution of the famous granite walls that dominate Yosemite Valley. Chock full of fascinating cliff-side interviews with rappelling geologists, gorgeous long scenics, and some startling rock fall footage, its 8-plus-minute running time breezes by. There’s even some bouldering footage for you rock monkeys. Check it out:

—Ted Alvarez