Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson are on the face of El Capitan now, and they have been there for sevaral days. They are attempting to free climb (ropes only for safety) up a route called the Dawn Wall.
The cruz of the matter is that they are going up a very vertical and very smooth way….it’s hard even with anchor bolts. This is a big deal. It’s called “most difficult rock climb in the world.” They are on pitch 15.
This event is really getting publicity. ABC, CBS, NY Times. A good PR man is feeding the media. There have been many other speed climbs such as the work of Hans Florine and the free solo by Alex Honnold that barely got a mention. Caldwell and Jorgenson are being filmed by a third person who is cranked up beside them. At night, he descends to charge bateries and dump pix.
Food and other supplies are being shuttled up daily, so food and water is plentiful. This is a lot different than other climbs where the men/women slug up their 70-pound haul bags the whole way.
I hope to see them with a telescope on Thurs (if they are not up by then.) A tip of the hat to both!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” ― André Gide
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