In spring 2015 Bron and Jacob Cook made their second trip to Yosemite. They teamed up with Chris Bevins to climb El Capitan using only their hands and feet! They spent 6 days and 5 nights living on the wall, climbing "Freerider" (5.13a).
Hazel Findlay is not just one of the best and boldest female trad climbers around, she's one of the best regardless of gender. But, what makes Hazel truly special is her down-to-earth personality, which shines through in this video.
"Climbers looked at it and said, 'You'd have to be hallucinating to see a route up there'" recalls Hallucinogen Wall first ascensionist Jim Newberry. Upping the ante, Nik Berry and Hayden Kennedy sought to climb this massive Wall in Colorado's Black Canyon free.
Prior to getting on the Dawn Wall in Yosemite National Park, the most difficult "Big Wall" objective in the world, Kevin Jorgeson had a very different climbing focus and style. It all changed when he was approached by Tommy Caldwell to partner up and take on the impossible.
On January 14, 2015, Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson made the first free ascent of The Dawn Wall on Yosemite's El Capitan. Watch Tommy climb pitch 15 (5.14c) in this first footage released by the film crew on the wall. "The crux holds of pitch 15 are some of the smallest and sharpest holds I have ever attempted to hold onto," Tommy wrote on his Facebook page.
Nun habe es Tommy Caldwell und Kevin Jorgeson also nach 19 Tagen endlich geschafft, die Dawn Wall am El Capitan im Yosemite Valley als Erste frei zu durchsteigen. Die Begehung wurde zuletzt live auf einem Nachrichtenkanal übertragen, die Tagesschau widmete der Geschichte eine mehr als fragwürdige Berichterstattung und selbst der US-amerikanische Präsident Barack Obama ließ es sich nicht nehmen, den beiden Kletterern zu gratulieren. Ein Marketing Coup wie aus dem Lehrbuch!
Some records are just meant to be broken. Mayan Smith-Gobat and Libby Sauter just knew that the women's speed record for the ascent of The Nose on El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, California was their's for the taking.