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El Capitan: Yosemite Duo Complete World’s Toughest Climb

 

 

 

 

” Two climbers in California’s Yosemite national park made history on Wednesday, reaching the summit of what has been called the world’s hardest rock climb.

  After weeks of herculean effort, Kevin Jorgeson, 30, and Tommy Caldwell, 36, scaled the half-mile section of exposed granite known as the Dawn Wall on El Capitan peak.

  Upon clambering over the final ledge they paused, looked at each other and raised their arms in triumph.

  People watching from the park and online via a live feed hailed the feat, completed just after 3.30pm local time, as thrilling and inspirational.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” “ In a time full of terrible events those dudes getting up the side of El Capitan is pretty bloody awesome!” said one typical tweet.

“ It’s incredible that we all were just able to witness one of the greatest feats in climbing history,” marvelled another.

  The pair made the 3,000ft ascent in what has been billed as the wall’s first free climb, using only natural rock holds for hands and feet. Rope was used only to arrest falls.”

 

The Guardian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yosemite Climbers Expect To Reach Top Of El Capitan On Wednesday

 

 

 

 

 

” Two climbers trying to become the first to scale a 3,000-foot (900-meter) face of the El Capitan rock formation in Yosemite National Park in California without bolts or climbing tools believe they will reach the top on Wednesday, representatives said.

  Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson, who began their latest attempt to conquer El Capitan on Dec. 27, started climbing the final 11 “pitches” of the so-called Dawn Wall on Tuesday, spokeswoman Jess Clayton said.

  The Dawn Wall of El Capitan is divided into 32 climbing pitches, which are varying lengths of rock that the climbers are trying to master with only their hands and feet. The wall has been scaled before, first by legendary climber Warren Harding in 1970, but never before without climbing tools.”

 

Toronto Sun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

El Capitan’s Dawn Wall: ‘Hardest Climb In The World’ Attempt

 

 

 

 

 

” Two US climbers may be on the verge of completing the hardest rock climb in the world.

  Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson are attempting to conquer the imposing 3,000-foot high El Capitan peak in Yosemite, California.

  They are climbing El Capitan via the Dawn Wall side of the rock formation.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” This is by far the toughest route to the top, with a smooth, marble-like surface offering almost no cracks or protrusions to grip.

  And they are doing it without the aid of ropes.”

 

Read more and see regular updates on the climber’s progress at The Telegraph