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Caldwell and Jorgeson are Charging Up The Dawn Wall

Kevin Jorgeson and Tommy Caldwell are two days into their fight with the hardest big-wall free climb in the world.

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Caldwell cruxing on the Dawn Wall. Photo by Brett Lowell (Big Up Productions).    Possibly the biggest breakthrough Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson experienced on the Dawn Wall happened last December when Caldwell freed the brutally hard Pitch 15 at 5.14d. However, the breakthrough was that Caldwell and Jorgeson realized that the world’s hardest big-wall had to be attempted in the dead of winter.

“It ‘s looking like winter conditions are the way forward,” posted Caldwell last December.

Since that realization, the indefatigable Caldwell and Jorgeson have managed to free every pitch of the Dawn Wall, climbing the last remaining un-free pitch this past November. And now the only piece left to the six-year puzzle of El Cap’s greatest free-climb is to leave the Yosemite Valley floor and climb the Dawn Wall in one push.

On December 27, Caldwell and Jorgeson started their push and worked out the “jitters.”

“It may be a few weeks before we walk on flat ground again, but we are psyched,” posted Jorgeson on Facebook.

“We sent the first five pitches this afternoon (12b, 13a, 13c, 12b, 12d wet).”

Yesterday the team was at it again, this time redpointing up to 5.14a on the Big Stone.

“Oh yeah? Pitches 6-9 done today,” posted Caldwell. “Winter conditions are feeling awesome.”

Jorgeson broke down yesterday’s pitches in detail:

Pitch 6, 13c: Tommy led first go and I followed on TR first go (pictured).

Pitch 7, 14a: I sent second go and Tommy sent first go.

Pitch 8, 13d: Tommy sent in three goes and I sent in two. Sharp!

Pitch 9, 13c: I sent second go and Tommy sent first go.

Stay tuned for more updates from Caldwell and Jorgeson’s 2014 Dawn Wall push.