Yosemite climbers push to finish El Capitan ascent

Jan 12, 2015 11:01 AM by News Staff

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - One of two climbers attempting a grueling ascent up a half-mile of sheer granite in California's Yosemite National Park is making a push to catch up with his partner.

Thirty-year-old Kevin Jorgeson has been behind 36-year-old Tommy Caldwell for about a week as they try to scale El Capitan's Dawn Wall.

A spokeswoman says Jorgeson will try Monday to catch up with Caldwell at a rare ledge.

From there, it will be a push to the 3,000-foot summit, possibly by midweek.

On Friday, Jorgeson got past one of the most difficult stretches after days of failed attempts and waiting.

The climbers are two weeks into what is billed as the first free climb of Dawn Wall.

Free climb means the men only use ropes to prevent deadly falls.

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