Chris Sharma is set to join Tommy Caldwell on his attempts on the well known 'Dawn Wall' project on El Capitan. Caldwell, one of the best big wall climbers in the world, has been trying to free climb this line for the last five years.
Daila Ojeda and Chris Sharma enjoying a beer at the Friedrichshafen Tradeshow
UKC Gear, Jul 2011
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The Dawn wall/Mescalito project
UKC Articles, Jan 2011
© Kevin Jorgeson The team for this season now stands as Tommy Caldwell, Kevin Jorgeson, Jonathan Siegrist and Chris Sharma. Caldwell has been attempting the line since 2007, Jorgeson joined him in 2009 and Siegrist joined them last season. Now with the addition of Chris Sharma, this really is an all star team. With seven pitches reportedly in the 8c+ bracket and many more hard pitches on top of that the Dawn Wall project, which vaguely follows the aid route Mescalito, would be the hardest big wall free route in the world if successfully climbed.
Hopefully the closure of the national parks in America will be short-lived and the team will be able to have a good autumn attempting the route.
In a report on Climbing.com, Kevin Jorgeson commented:
"Tommy and I have our calendars blacked out until Christmas, and weather permitting we will be there till then. I think J-Star and Sharma have some obligations in November that will cut their season a bit shorter."
We asked Jonathan Siegrist whether the goal is to free all the pitches in one push, or if is that a later goal?:
Not sure exactly what the goal is honestly - Tommy is the goal man! We are all just slaves... ha!
We've covered Tommy's efforts on The Dawn Wall several times over the years on UKC, and earlier this year we published this excellent video:
Tommy Caldwell on the Dawn Wall Project