Thursday, January 15, 2015

Dawn Wall Free Climb on El Capitan in Yosemite

Yesterday was a huge day for climbers. Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson completed the 19 day free climb of the Dawn Wall on El Capitan in Yosemite, just an hour and a half north of Fresno. Each time we go to Yosemite we stop to watch climbers, there are many routes up the stone wall which is more than twice the height of the Empire State Building.

Click here for the complete coverage and videos. 

The videos and story of these two dedicated climbers is amazing. They have spent more than five years planning and trying this climb. All evening I've been reading different stories and watching videos about them.

Tommy Caldwell is missing half of his index finger on his left hand and still free climbs. He lost his finger in a table saw accident, hmmmm, I'm into Paul Seller's woodworking with all hand tools, much safer. Tommy's finger was stitched back but after doctors told him he would never have the same strength in the finger he decided to have it removed and was climbing again a few months later.

The news has been story after story today. On the radio I heard one of them say, "Dream big, see projects through to the end."

I like that quote! It can be applied to so much.

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