Meet Kevin Jorgeson and Tommy Caldwell, the brave lads that are climbing the Dawn Wall, known to be one of the hardest rock climbs in the world.
El Capitan is the largest granite monolith on Earth at nearly half a mile in height and is located in Yosemite National Park, California. And if that isn’t insane enough, they’re free climbing it. Yep.
If one of them falls, the only thing that will stop them from plummeting to their deaths is one lone safety rope. What makes the Dawn Wall so difficult is its smoothness and lack of aids to grip onto.
This photo that Jorgeson posted on Facebook goes to show just how extreme this climb really is.
They’re currently halfway up the cliff and are expected to finish in the next two or three days if things go well.
Caldwell has spent six years working on how to climb the Dawn Wall and he explains in the following video that Warren Harding was a huge inspiration for him.
Harding was the first man to climb the Dawn Wall back in 1970, but he didn’t free climb it, and that’s how Caldwell and Jorgeson want to (respectfully) beat him.