For the primary time ever, two men, 30-year-old Kevin Jorgeson and 36-year-old Tommy Erskine Caldwell, can ascend one in every of the world’s largest and most troublesome cliff-climbing routes within the world exploitation solely their hands and feet.
They are mounting El Capitan, a 3,000-foot-tall granite stone in Yosemite parkland in Golden State. This stone has been climbed again and again before, however they’re ascending the Dawn Wall route, a sheer face of rock thought of by several to be the longest and hardest free climb within the world.
Jorgeson and Erskine Caldwell ar mounting with ropes, however these ar accustomed shield them from falls, not as mounting aids. The razor-sharp holds on the rock wall tend to chop their fingers, in order that they pay occasional rest days in their tents, suspending them many feet up as they let their fingers heal.