Ondra starts final push on the Dawn Wall

Adam Ondra has started his attempt on the Dawn Wall. He started climbing at 3am on 14th November and plans to use the next two days to climb the first 13 pitches. From then he will use a forecasted rainy day to rest, before using 'perfect' conditions for the crux pitches on day 4.

The Dawn wall/Mescalito project, 127 kb
The Dawn wall/Mescalito project
© Kevin Jorgeson


5:13 AM pitch #5 . @adam.ondra @blackdiamond #dawnwall #elcapitan #yosemite #liveclimbrepeat #blackdiamond

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Adam has been in Yosemite for a month now and has spent most of the time working the pitches on the Dawn Wall - although he did find time to climb The Nose with his dad. The pitches that are likely to cause Adam trouble are the two traverses, one of them is well known for having an outrageous dyno, and pitch 10 (5.14a) which Adam has described as 'pschologically demanding'.

Tommy Caldwell spent 7 years working the Dawn Wall, and was joined by Kevin Jorgesson several years down the line. Last December they spent over two weeks on the wall and finally topped out El Capitan on the 14th January, surrounded by the world's media. Should Adam be successful, it will undoubtedly be one of the most impressive ascents of all time and underline how versatile he is on rock. Good luck Adam - UKC are watching...



Pitch #7

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8:51 AM pitch #9 . @adam.ondra @blackdiamond #dawnwall #elcapitan #yosemite #liveclimbrepeat #blackdiamond

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Adam Ondra is sponsored by: Black Diamond, Entre-Prises, KIKU, Hudy Sports, La Sportiva, Montura and Tendon

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