After three years of planning and months of pitch-by-pitch reconnaissance work, Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson have begun their official bid to free climb the Dawn Wall on El Cap. Caldwell and Jorgeson’s 33-pitch line will be arguably the hardest of its kind in the Yosemite Valley.
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In autumn 2010 Simon and Samuel Anthamatten from Switzerland blitzed the West Face, Lurking Fear, Zodiac, Tangerine Trip, Lost in America, North American Wall, Mescalito, The Nose, Salathé and the Linkup Half Dome.
We did not bring a whole lot of gear for a prolonged hand crack, so he uses it sparingly as he climbs, making some good size run outs.
Alex Honnold broke at least one Yosemite speed record on Tuesday when he solo climbed the Regular Northwest Face (VI 5.12a, 23 pitches) on Half Dome and The Nose (VI 5.9 C1, 31 pitches) on El Capitan.
As of yesterday, Kevin Jorgeson and Tommy Caldwell are back in Yosemite for their second assault of Mescalito, a climb that, when it goes free, will set a new standard for multi-pitch routes.
Yosemite is home to one of the most concentrated collections of trad Crack climbs in the world. The route Astroman is arguably the most famous route of its kind and is just hard enough or easy enough to entice or inspire any seasoned or “wanna be” trad climber.