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.
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!
I think for the meantime just to finish all of the pitches is the goal. Got three more to go...
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:
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