Dawn wall: 15 and 16 in the bag for Tommy

Kevin Jorgeson on Pitch 15, ~9a, Dawn Wall project, El Capitan, Yosemite, 115 kb
Kevin Jorgeson on Pitch 15, ~9a, Dawn Wall project, El Capitan, Yosemite
© Brett Lowell/Big Up Productions

Tommy Caldwell has now completed pitch 15 and 16 on the Dawn Wall project. This means all the hardest pitches are done!

Tommy managed to do the second traverse pitch, ~9a, as well as the "Loop Pitch", ~8b+, a variation to the infamous "dyno pitch", ~9a.
As far as I understand, this variation involves down climbing from the belay, than traversing left and up to rejoin the original pitch above the dyno. Probably a wise choice as this dyno has proven to be the hardest single move for Tommy.

Kevin was very close to doing pitch 15, but having to tape two key fingers made it too hard for now. He'll rest and try to get some much needed skin back before he makes another attempt.

Photo by Brett Lowell of BigUp Productions who probably has the most exposed job on the planet right now, hanging from a 900 m 9mm single rope (I assume he has some kind of back up though).

Here is a short video where Kevin describes pitch 14.

And here is pitch 15.

Tommy Caldwell is sponsored by: Black Diamond, Bluewater Ropes, Clifbar, Climb On, La Sportiva, Patagonia and REVO Sunglasses


Kevin Jorgeson is sponsored by: Black Diamond, adidas, FiveTen, Sterling Rope, Asana

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