YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK– After 19 grueling days, two climbers have made it to the top of a sheer rock face on El Capitan in Yosemite National Park.
Kevin Jorgeson and Tommy Caldwell are the first to ever climb the 3,000-foot granite wall using only their hands, feet, and a safety rope. That means they didn’t use any sort of climbing aids, like axes, to pull themselves up. They also had to climb at night to avoid getting sweaty hands, and had to sleep in hanging tents.
Jorgeson fell 11 times.
“I was pretty devastated,” said Jorgeson. “Thoughts crossed my mind that I should just throw in the towel and support Tommy to the top.”