Graduate School News

Geology Graduate Student Experiences Rewards, Challenges of High-Level Research

June 14, 2012

UNC geology graduate student Roger Putnam took time away from scaling El Capitan to respond to questions submitted by Kim Weaver Spurr of the College of Arts and Sciences. Putnam's summer research project focuses on the 3,000-foot granite cliff in Yosemite Valley. He's mapping the cliffs as part of his master's degree work.

“Before this study began, I had climbed El Capitan 12 times by 9 different routes. My slowest time on the wall had been three and a half days and my fastest was 10 hours 27 minutes,” Putnam said.

Read the entire interview at the College's website.