Climbers first to attempt section of El Capitan in Yosemite

Jan 5, 2015 11:08 AM by News Staff

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) - Two men continue to free climb one of the most difficult routes in the world: a half-mile section of exposed granite in California's Yosemite National Park.

The Los Angeles Times reports that since Dec. 27, Kevin Jorgeson, 30, of Santa Rosa, Calif. and Tommy Caldwell, 36, of Estes Park, Colo. have been using only their hands and feet to scale the section El Capitan, which stands more than 3,000 feet above the Yosemite Valley floor.

It is the largest monolith of granite in the world, according to the National Park Service.

They have been sleeping in sling-like tents suspended to El Capitan's Dawn Wall, a steep and barren section of the mountain.

Many people have climbed Dawn Wall but the pair would be the first to climb the section using only ropes only as a safeguard against a fall.


Information from: Los Angeles Times

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