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Tommy Caldwell abandons Dawn Wall

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Tommy Caldwell has abandoned his attempt on Dawn Wall on El Capitan, Yosemite, yet plans to continue next year.

Despite valiant efforts this autumn, according to American magazine Climbing Tommy Caldwell has now decided to abandon his attempt to free the Dawn Wall on El Capitan, Yosemite. After having to do without habitual partner Kevin Jorgeson due to injury, Caldwell managed to send the first twelve pitches - some in the cool of the night and three of which estimated at 5.14+. His single-push attempt came to an end last week after more than a fortnight on the wall, and he abseiled to the valley floor for a brief rest prior to attempting terrible pitch 13.

Just like last year though this proved tricky and unsurmountable, hence his recent decision to call it quits. But only for the time being...In a recent email to climbing.com he indicated "I am still very motivated, inspired, and a bit obsessed by this project. I learn new strategies and get closer each season. I don't think I will be able to let go of it yet."


Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson #1


Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson #2

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