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Big Push On The Dawn Wall

Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson have started their final attempt of the year to free The Dawn Wall.

Caldwell and Jorgeson started up on Dec. 27 for perhaps their last time. If all goes well, the next time they stand on solid ground will be on top of El Capitan. On the first day, they made it up pitches one through five with no problems. On day two, they spent 10 hours climbing pitches six through nine.

The Dawn Wall is a 32-pitch 5.14+ with a long history of attempts by Caldwell and Jorgeson.

Watch 12 videos about the Dawn Wall

Pitches one through nine: 5.12b, 5.13a, 5.13c, 5.12b, 5.12d, 5.13c, 5.14a, 5.13d, 5.13c.

Pitches 10 through 15 are the crux pitches with four 5.14 pitches and one 5.13c pitch. If they free these pitches then they have three more 5.13+ pitches and 13 more up to 5.12+.

Two big moments in the past: Caldwell Sends Final Crux and Team Overcomes Big Hurdle

Tommy Caldwell sending on day two  Photo Brett Lowell
Tommy Caldwell sending on day two Photo from Caldwell’s Facebook and taken by Brett Lowell