Duo Completes First Free Climb of Yosemite's Dawn Wall, Making History

Climbing the summit of the 3,000-foot El Capitan rock in Yosemite National Park in California is a huge accomplishment. You will need some intense training and real courage to pull this off. It’s not enough that it’s already known to be one of the hardest areas to do this extreme sport, but the section known as the Dawn Wall made it even more dangerous for ascension. But all these scary things didn't stop the duo Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson, who made the first successful climb on that notoriously known part of El Capitan.

It all started with Caldwell’s vision seven years ago that lead them to this daring climb. It was his dream to free climb the Dawn Wall despite the fact of it being too steep and too difficult for the said mission. According to Jorgeson, the whole thing was not about an effort to overcome, but it’s about realizing a dream.

The climb they did is not the usual one, because free climbing means using your bare hands and feet and you will only use your ropes and other gear to stop a fall. The Dawn Wall has 32 pitches and it was the duo’s goal to free climb all its pitches without falling or getting back on the ground while at it. If any of them ever falls back to the ground, he would have to do it all over again from the start.

We can all agree that what they did is very inspiring and something that we could learn from when it comes to reaching for that vision that we have in mind. If these guys have done it, then it’s possible that whatever you dreamed of could also happen.

If you want to know more about their success, check out the website “National Geographic” below.


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