The biggest news in climbing right now, by a country mile, is the Dawn Wall. In case you’ve missed it, this is Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson’s long-standing project on El Capitan. To call it the hardest big wall free climb in the world is barely to do it justice – it’s such a leap forward that many well informed commentators are calling it by far the greatest achievement in climbing history. Quite the accolade.
Tommy first started exploring the route, which is based on a Warren Harding aid line, 8 years ago and gradually worked on the pitches with a number of climbing partners. However, it wasn’t until Kevin Jorgesen joined him 6 years ago, that real progress was made. Since then, the 2 of them have spent countless weeks and months on the route, gradually figuring out pitch after pitch, until last autumn, when they finally freed the hardest section.
Just before this breakthrough, we grabbed a word with Tommy to find out if he really thought that this could be the year that the wall finally went free.
Tommy Caldwell And Kevin Jorgeson On The Verge Of Climbing History | EpicTV Climbing Daily, Ep. 421
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