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UPDATE: Tommy Caldwell Sends Dawn Wall Crux!

After six years of working on the crux-pitch of Yosemite’s Dawn Wall, Tommy Caldwell has sent it. Hello.

As Caldwell wrote on his Facebook, “Oh my goodness!!! After six years, I finally sent this beast of a pitch. Inspired by Keven’s fight-to-the-death near miss. This officially means all the hard individual pitches have been redpointed. I am so psyched my hands are shaking.”

Kevin Jorgeson on one of the traversing pitches before the now-famous Pitch 15  Photo
Kevin Jorgeson on one of the traversing pitches before the now-famous Pitch 15 Photo Kevin Jorgeson

Team Sends Pitch 15

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When, and if, Dawn Wall is sent, it will be the world’s hardest big wall free climb. Caldwell has made the first free ascent of these notable Yosemite big wall climbs: Magic Mushroom 5.14 in 2008, Dihedral Wall 5.14 in 2004 and the West Buttress 5.13+ in 2003. In 2005, he made the third and fourth free ascent of The Nose 5.14. In 2012, with Alex Honnold, he made the first all-free ascent of the Yosemite triple crown.

Dawn Wall By the Numbers, by Kevin Jorgeson

Jorgeson wrote on his Facebook, “We have four more climbing days before we take a week off for Thanksgiving to let our bodies recover a bit. Then, if all goes to plan, we will prepare for a send push some time in December.”

Climbing Days: 20
Rest Days: 11
Total Hours Climbing: 120
Total Hours Night Climbing: 80
Feet to Crux Pitches: 1,100 (380 metres)
Best Jumaring Time Base to Crux: 40 minutes
Best Rappelling Time Crux to Base: 10 minutes
Total Feet Jumared: 22,000
Hardest Pitch: 14 (first traverse)
Likely Grade of Pitch 14: 5.14d
Confidence Level for Pitch 14 Send: eight out of 10
Highlight So Far: Team send of Pitch 7, 5.14a
Tommy’s Crux: The Dyno
My Crux: Pitch 12, 5.14b, The Molar Traverse
Split Tips: 0
Grated Knuckles: three (all mine…)
New Sequences Found: seven

Tommy Caldwell on the Dawn Wall  Photo Jeff Johnson
Tommy Caldwell on the Dawn Wall Photo Jeff Johnson