It has been 5 years since Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson completed their climb of Yosemite Valley's The Dawn Wall. The Dawn Wall is a project Tommy worked on for more than a decade. We rounded up the Top 5 Stories about The Dawn Wall Climb.
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Jorgeson and Caldwell spent years planning their 19-day climb. "You could compare it to choreographing a gymnastics routine or a dance," Jorgeson says of the preparation. "It's highly precise.
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Free climbing means using one's hands and feet to ascend a rock's natural features, employing ropes and other gear only to stop a fall. At roughly 3,000 feet (915 meters) tall, the Dawn Wall comprises 32 "pitches"—or 32 rope-lengths—of climbing.
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As Jorgeson waited at base camp for his fingers to heal, Caldwell kept moving and reached Wino Tower, essentially completing the climb’s toughest sections. Caldwell then focused on supporting Jorgeson in the hope that he would catch up so the partners could reach the summit together.
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“I am always thinking about the kind of dad I want to be,” Caldwell wrote on Facebook, posting a photograph of him hugging Fitz. “I know that the best way to teach is to show by example. For me, the Dawn Wall is the perfect venue for some of the most important values I want to show Fitz. Optimism, perseverance, dedication and the importance of dreaming big. But leaving Becca and Fitz at home is never easy. I love you guys!”