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Jorg Verhoeven attempting Dihedral Wall, El Capitan, Yosemite
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El Capitan at night
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El Capitan with the routes West Face, Lurking Fear, Dihedral Wall, Excalibur, Muir Wall, Son of Heart, The Shield, The Salathé Wall, The Nose
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Jorg Verhoeven making the first repeat of Dihedral Wall, El Capitan, Yosemite
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Jorg Verhoeven claims first repeat of Dihedral Wall in Yosemite


After 5 days of climbing Jorg Verhoeven has now carried out the first repeat of 'Dihedral Wall' on El Capitan in Yosemite. Until this repeat, carried out together with his wife Katharina Saurwein, the route had only been free climbed once before, namely by Tommy Caldwell who in 2004 established what was then considered the most difficult big wall climb in the Yosemite Valley.

Twelve years after the first free ascent at the hands of Tommy Caldwell, the Dihedral Wall route on El Capitan has now been climbed free a second time thanks to Jorg Verhoeven. First ascended in 1962 by Ed Cooper, Jim Baldwin and Glen Denny, the enormous route takes a line to the left of The Nose. The Dutchman first spent some time studying the pitches earlier this autumn, and after an initial failed attempt he has now made an "exhausting 5 day push" to get to grips with "this beast" graded 5.14a (8b+).

Apart from the heinous maximum difficulties, what is particular about this climb is that 10 of its 25 pitches are graded harder than 8a, offering "two 5.13d’s, three 5.13c’s, three 5.13b’s, a 12+ off width and the rest filled with 5.12 climbing. All slabs and pin scarred dihedrals…"

Verhoeven's climbing partner and wife Katharina Saurwein told planetmountain.com "After having sent the first 5.14a pitch on his second day, climbing the remaining pitches was only a question of physical endurance and keeping it together. Yesterday, our fifth day on the route, we set off from pitch 9 where we had pitched our portaledge. It was a long and tough day - we started at 6:00 am, reached the summit at midnight and returned to the car at 3:00 am. More than 20 hours on the go, with just a few energy bars and 2.5 liters of water between us. I don’t need to explain how incredibly spent (Jorg due to the climbing, me because of the jumaring) we both were."

07/11/2014 - Jorg Verhoeven repeats The Nose, Yosemite
11/06/2004 - Caldwell frees Dihedral Wall





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