A while back we reported on Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgesen's decision to recruit Chris Sharma to help with their Dawn Wall project on El Capitan, Yosemite. Things got off to a bad start with the Government shut down (which we also reported) on and it looks like the project is now on hold again after Caldwell has been injured.
On a route such as this, the team must haul a bag of equipment up the wall with them, containing all the supplies and kit they need to live on the wall. Part of the haul system failed whilst clipped to Caldwell's harness and the haul bag fell 200 feet, which must have hurt. Caldwell is quoted as saying that, "it was pretty jarring".
His injury is a costochondral separation, which is basically when the cartiledge connecting the ribs to the sternum is damaged or broken. Ouch.
Caldwell is one of America's top climbers, and has probably climbed more hard big wall free climbs than anyone in the States. Most impressive of all, he's done most of his climbing without the top half of his left index finger, which he chopped off when using a table saw in 2001.
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Tommy Caldwell Injured on the Dawn Wall, El Capitan - Yosemite | EpicTV Climbing Daily, Ep. 157
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