Yosemite's Half Dome gets the most attention of any climb in the park, but it was the Lost Arrow Spire that Yosemite historian Steve Roper says started the "Golden Age of Yosemite climbing." Sasha DiGiulian, the 23-year-old World Champion climber, decided to scale the Lost Arrow Spire on her first trip to the Yosemite valley, and a camera crew caught all of the breathtaking views on camera. Within a period of 24 hours, she went from taking a financial accounting exam at Columbia University in New York City to staring at Lost Arrow Spire and "looking out into the future of everything I want to be doing."
She didn't take on the cliff face alone, though. She was joined by veteran Kevin Jorgeson, a member of the team that completed the first free ascent of one of the hardest routes in the world, Dawn Wall on El Capitan. Jorgeson climbs lead at first, but lets DiGiulian take on the hardest parts of the climb. DiGiulian only pauses for a second when she faces a bulge in the rock face that forces her to reach up into open space for a handhold that isn't there. When she finally pulls herself up over the top, she finishes the feat with a scream of "That was hard!" Her key to making it over the hump: Isolating everything else and only focusing on what's in front of her. "When you're standing on the tip of the needle," DiGiulian says, "you can't help but throw your arms up and be like, 'I'm the king of the world!' "