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Five Years Later: Top 5 Stories about The Dawn Wall Climb with Tommy Caldwell

January 14, 2020 2 min read

Five Years Later: Top 5 Stories about The Dawn Wall Climb with Tommy Caldwell

It has been 5 years since Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson completed their climb of Yosemite Valley's The Dawn Wall. The Dawn Wall is a project Tommy worked on for more than a decade. We rounded up the Top 5 Stories about The Dawn Wall Climb.

Tommy Caldwell on the Dawn Wall with climbOn Bar and RIDICULOUS MUSCLE Paste

Tommy Caldwell uses climbOn Bar and climbOn RIDICULOUS Paste as his favorite products. 

Podcast & Article 'It Looked Impossible': New Film Follows Free Climbers Up The 'Dawn Wall'

Yosemite Valley in California

Jorgeson and Caldwell spent years planning their 19-day climb. "You could compare it to choreographing a gymnastics routine or a dance," Jorgeson says of the preparation. "It's highly precise.

Article: Duo Completes First Free Climb of Yosemite's Dawn Wall, Making History

Tommy Caldwell applies climbOn bar to his hands

(You may recognize that tin of climbOn Bar)

Free climbing means using one's hands and feet to ascend a rock's natural features, employing ropes and other gear only to stop a fall. At roughly 3,000 feet (915 meters) tall, the Dawn Wall comprises 32 "pitches"—or 32 rope-lengths—of climbing.

Article: What 'The Dawn Wall' Left Out
Tommy Caldwell hangs above Yosemite Valley on The Dawn Wall

The long-awaited documentary showcases the world's hardest rock climb and the life of visionary Tommy Caldwell, but it goes only so far into the human element

Article: The Dawn Wall, El Capitan’s Most Unwelcoming Route

Beth Rodden, climbOn Bar creator Polly Glasse, and Tommy Caldwell at The Outdoor Retailer Show in 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah

As Jorgeson waited at base camp for his fingers to heal, Caldwell kept moving and reached Wino Tower, essentially completing the climb’s toughest sections. Caldwell then focused on supporting Jorgeson in the hope that he would catch up so the partners could reach the summit together.

Article: Alex Honnold, the Dawn Wall and How to Transcend the Rock Climbing Bubble

A young Tommy Caldwell

Why do certain accomplishments within the rock climbing community transcend the bubble into mainstream media, while others do not? What’s the secret sauce? Alex Graziano investigates for BKB.

Bonus: Abduction. Lost Finger. Now, a Rock Climber’s Tallest Hurdle.

“I am always thinking about the kind of dad I want to be,” Caldwell wrote on Facebook, posting a photograph of him hugging Fitz. “I know that the best way to teach is to show by example. For me, the Dawn Wall is the perfect venue for some of the most important values I want to show Fitz. Optimism, perseverance, dedication and the importance of dreaming big. But leaving Becca and Fitz at home is never easy. I love you guys!”

The Dawn Wall - Trailer

Watch The Dawn Wall on Netflix

​Tommy Caldwell Climbing Pitch 15

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