YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. – If you are a professional rock climber like Siebe Vanhee, then Yosemite’s El Capitan rock is an ultimate destination.
The thrill seeker recently shared his climb through the Yosemite Valley with the FOX Weather Wild audience.
"I'm more or less like three hundred meters up. You see the nose of El Capitan just down below me and the valley floor just behind me," Vanhee said.
The European-native told FOX Weather his love for the extreme sport started in the gym.
"Well, I'm from Belgium. There's not too many rocks, so I started climbing in a climbing gym and then slowly I found my way to the rocks in Belgium, France, Spain and then to Yosemite ten years ago," Vanhee said.
The climber stressed the importance of knowing what weather conditions you’re dealing with.
"Yeah, it is very windy, and it's even cloudy right now. And we are very happy with that because it's perfect conditions," Vanhee said. "Our hands stick better to the rock and it's easier to get up and find our way up right now."
The climber noted when precipitation is in the forecast, he avoids the rocks to be safe.
Vanhee said that camming devices and ropes are essential for a safe climb up a rock formation as intense as El Capitan.
Yosemite Mariposa County says that the height of the El Capitan rock formation easily surpasses the tallest skyscrapers in New York City.
Experts list the massive vertical rock structure as being more than two times as tall as the Empire State Building and more than three times as tall as the Eiffel Tower.