Kevin Jorgeson (30) and Tommy Caldwell (36) are attempting to make history and conquer something that has never been done before. These two good friends are extreme athletes, to say the least. What started as a hobby years ago has lead them to this pivotal moment that will stamp their names in the history books. Jorgeson and Caldwell are known as “free climbers” and they live their lives seeking thrills that are full of adrenaline. This sport requires immense strength, endurance, and motivation. It’s not for the faint of heart, let alone attempting this world record climb of the longest, hardest route in the world. It has never been done before and they are documenting the whole thing.
The mountain face that they are attempting to climb is in California’s Yosemite National Park. It is known as El Capitan and is a 3,000 vertical monolith shooting out of the ground.
Right now they are just over half way up the mountain face and sharing their journey via Facebook and Twitter.
The two friends have years of experience and have spent months training for this enormous challenge.
They are using ropes but only to rescue themselves if they slip and fall. They do not aid in climbing this sheer cliff wall. At points there are only millimeters to use as hand and foot holds.
There are other routes up El Capitan that are more common but this specific climbing route has never been conquered. So far they are 10 days into their world record climb.
Ten days might seem long but when you consider that this is the toughest climb in the world, it’s understandable. They have had to rest for a few days to let their hands heal from wounds caused by gripping the razor sharp hand holds.
They have even had to start climbing at night to let the rock cool down from being in the sun all day. The hot rock causes them to lose grip from sweaty hands and the rubber on their climbing shoes to become too soft.
Thankfully they are using safety ropes. That’s a lot of gear to climb with if it’s not assisting your climb.
They do have a support team that is lowering them provisions so they don’t have to pack all that weight. Their electronic devices are being charged with portable solar panels.
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