"El Cap at night. Photo taken in October 2014 from El Cap meadow.
I took this 100 second-long shot of Yosemite's El Cap just after dusk, when I reasoned that there would be the highest amount of headlamp activity.
There is a broad variety in how people approach this big wall, from debaucherous weed-smoking, spirit-downing solo-aiders, to serious calorie-counting, pitch rehearsing, free-climbing wannabees, with everything in between. For folk of either persuasion, there will be plenty of climbing and hauling to do the following day, so I doubt the headlamps will stay on late into the night.
El Cap meadow, from where this shot is taken, is a popular place to hang out. People go there before their trip up the wall, trying to assimilate the topo with what they can make out from the ground, and in my case feeling psyched out and full of dread! I thought it was a much better place to go after getting down from a route, when you can lounge around with a beer, pose triumphantly for a photo in front of the rock, and as you get increasingly inebriated, let your ego brag about your ascent to any disbelieving tourist who'll listen.
From left to right, lights are visible at the base of the West Face, on Lung Ledge (Salathe wall), the Nose (quite evidently the most popular route here), and on the far right, Zodiac."
- Andy Reeve