Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson Free Climb the Dawn Wall – Postcard Monday

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2015-01-11 13.57.58Last week Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson became the first climbers to free climb the Dawn Wall of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. I’m relatively new to climbing and am still a ways away from moving outdoors; but I have learnt enough to know that these men have accomplished an amazing feat. What is free climbing? It is when climbers only use climbing equipment to prevent falls. Often, in challenging climbs, climbers will use equipment to actively aid their ascent. This daring duo, however, scaled 3000 feet using only their hands and feet over a 19 day journey. Now that’s a real adventure!

Check out the New York Times coverage of their ascent; it also has great information for those new to climbing and some amazing photographs.

Below is my own photograph of El Capitan taken last summer during my visit to Yosemite; having stood at the base of El Capitan makes Caldwell and Jorgeson’s climb all the more impressive.

Yosemite - El Capitan - TheTravelingUrbanite.com

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