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Tommy Caldwell making the first free ascent of Dawn Wall, El Capitan, Yosemite, January 2015
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Tommy Caldwel belayed by Kevin Jorgeson, while attempting to free the Dawn Wall, El Capitan, Yosemite
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Tommy Caldwell while climbing the Dawn Wall on El Capitan, Yosemite Valley
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Tommy Caldwell seen after climbing the Dawn Wall during the filming of the movie The Dawn Wall in Yosemite Valley, CA, United States in January, 2015.
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Tommy Caldwell the unexpected champion in Climbing Sparkling Moments #4

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American climber Tommy Caldwell is the focus of the fourth episode of the Climbing Sparkling Moments podcast by La Sportiva.

On 14 January 2015, after 19 days on the wall, Tommy Caldwell emerged on the top of El Capitan together with Kevin Jorgeson, after having made the first free ascent of the hardest big wall in the world, the Dawn Wall. His success came after more than seven years of attempts, after having cut his teeth on almost all the other big walls in Yosemite Valley, and after learning the ropes on some of the most difficult sport climbs in the country. And success also came about years after having won the Snowbird climbing comp. At the time Caldwell was a mere 17 and pratically unheard of, but it was this victory that convinced him that his future lay in the vertical sphere. All the details are shared in the fourth episode of La Sportiva's Climbing Sparkling Moments.

The series is available on SpotifySpreakerApple podcasts and on all digital platforms.

Link: La Sportiva

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