Jonas Abdo of Boise wanted to climb El Capitan, thinking it would cap his mountain-climbing career. The 22-year-old now is taking aim at Grand Teton, Cirque of the Towers in the Wind Rivers in Wyoming, then the Bugaboos and Squamish.
Jonas Abdo, 22, decided that after he graduated from college, he was going to travel the Northwest and climb. As many peaks as he could. He thought that after he climbed El Capitan in Yosemite, he'd be ready to settle down. Not.
His motto is "always climb higher," but sometimes that takes a lot of work. Boise climber Jonas Abdo cleans a difficult move on "Chain Reaction" at Smith Rock in Oregon; it's part of his training to tackle "El Cap" — El Capitan in Yosemite.