Free-Climbing Yosemite’s El Capitan Takes A Team — And Time

Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson are midway through the adventure of a lifetime. The professional climbing partners have spent the last 10 days making their way up the Dawn Wall of El Capitan, the granite monolith in California’s Yosemite National Park.

Hundreds of people climb El Capitan every year, but Caldwell and Jorgeson are free-climbing, which means they’re only using their hands and feet to make the ascent. They have ropes, but only to break their fall. If successful, they will be the first to free-climb the challenging Dawn Wall.

The pair talked to NPR’s Melissa Block from 1,200 feet up the face of “El Cap” in their suspended lodgings on Monday afternoon…

(read more and listen: NPR – All Things Considered)


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