Two free climbers have made history after becoming the first people to climb the daunting El Capitan in Yosemite National Park without aids.
In another inspiring battle late into the night Kevin managed to send pitches 18, 19, and 20. Clouds swirled all around It was truly a surreal scene. Tomorrow we leave our bacecamp and blast towards the top. With some luck we will be standing on top in a couple days. I an excited to walk on flat ground again although I am sure I will truly miss this experience. Great photo of what has been out home for the past 17 nights @coreyrichproductions @bigupclimbing.
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Kevin Jorgeson, 30, and Tommy Caldwell, 36, achieved their epic feat by sleeping in tents suspended from the mountain face.
The 19-day-climb was so grueling they had to stop for days midway to allow the skin on their hands to heal after being torn to shreds by the rock.
At 914m high, El Capitan is legendary in the climbing world for its incredibly smooth granite surface, which makes it exceptionally difficult to ascend.
Caldweel and Jorgeson relied on gripping tiny bumps and grooves to haul themselves up.
Jorgeson's father, Kevin, told of how his son had dreamed of making the climb since he was a boy.
He added: "He climbed everything he could think of. It made us nervous early on as parents, but we got used to it.
The climb nearly broke both men. Jorgensen fell 11 times during a week-long effort to complete one especially difficult section of the route, according to The Associated Press.
To anyone writing about #dawnwall, this is not an effort to "conquer." It's about realizing a dream.— Kevin Jorgeson (@kjorgeson) January 13, 2015