Hands. Feet. Safety ropes. That’s it. That’s all that two climbers used to make history this week.
Kevin Jorgeson, 30, and Tommy Caldwell, 36, took 19 days to scale the 3,000-foot granite wall called the Dawn Wall on El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. The men became the first people to do so using the few items mentioned above.
My first question – “Nineteen days?! Where did they sleep?!” Apparently, they slept in portaledges, which are tents attached to the face of the wall. YIKES.
What’s even scarier — Jorgeson fell 11 times trying to get past one tough section on the wall.
However, the two friends finished the climb within minutes of one another and celebrated at the top with an embrace.
Patagonia sponsored the climb. See photos from the successful ascent on Patagonia’s website here.