Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson are the first to free climb the Dawn Wall.
Using only their feet and their bloodied hands, two climbers accomplished a once-unimaginable feat Wednesday.
On January 14 as the sun was falling in Yosemite National Park, Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson completed what is arguably the most difficult ascent in the history of rock climbing. The duo remained on the wall for 19 days, climbing 3,000 vertical feet along widely spaced, razor-thin granite holds. Their prize: the first free ascent of El Capitan's Dawn Wall. With cell service throughout their climb and a team of photographers including Corey Rich and a crew from Big Up Productions tagging along, the pair generated a media buzz rarely seen in the climbing world. With athletes this determined, images this good, and a backdrop of one of America's favorite locations, the ingredients add up: History on the Dawn Wall.
These pictures are really amazing.
Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson finished scaling the sheer face of the Dawn Wall rock formation at Yosemite on Wednesday. Some consider it the most difficult free climb ever achieved.
A graphic tracks an attempt by Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson to free-climb the 3,000-foot Dawn Wall, a vertical sheet of mostly smooth granite that many believe is the hardest climb in the world.
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Tommy Caldwell, left, and Kevin Jorgeson on one of the most challenging pitches of El Capitan's Dawn Wall in Yosemite National Park. Credit Brett Lowell ...