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Watch Jorg Verhoeven Send Dihedral Wall 5.14 on El Cap

Jorg Verhoeven sent Dihedral Wall 5.14a on El Cap for the second free ascent last fall. In 2014, Verhoeven became the fifth person to send The Nose.

Verhoeven’s Dihedral Wall send came 12 years after Tommy Caldwell’s first ascent. The route has a 5.14a crux, two 5.13d pitches, three 5.13c, three 5.13b and a 5.12+ offwidth. The rest of the route is mostly 5.12.

The Dihedral Wall was first climbed in 1962 and the 5.14 was the hardest pitch on El Cap after Caldwell sent it.

“I thought it looked nearly impossible to free, but if for some reason it could be free climbed it would be the most beautiful, perfect line I had ever laid eyes on,” Caldwell said in 2004.

“The dihedrals continue for hundreds of feet without break, surrounded by vast, featureless slabs. Though the holds were often barely there, they appeared just frequently enough to tempt my curiosity.”