American climbers Kevin Jorgeson and Tommy Caldwell, who spent 19 days clinging to the Dawn Wall of the El Capitan rock formation in California, say they hope their achievement will inspire others.
Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson became the first free climbers to scale the sheer Dawn Wall of the El Capitan peak in Yosemite National Park.
They are the first climbers to do so without the usual aids, relying sometimes on fingertip grips.
Kevin Jorgeson said it should show people the importance of teamwork and persistence.
He said the experience “recalibrates your perception of what you can do and what’s possible. Now that we’ve done this, who knows what comes.”
His fellow record-breaker Tommy Caldwell told the New York Times: “I would love for this to open people’s minds to what an amazing sport this is.”
Both men said they had been touched by the number of people who had been inspired by their achievement.
The task began on December 27 and while scaling the 3,000ft rock, they had even climbed in darkness, when sweat was less of an issue.
They took rest days to wait for their finger cuts and grazes to heal and used tape and even superglue to speed up the process.
Tommy Caldwell said support climbers had provided them with fresh fruit and vegetables every five days, plus they had burritos, chocolate and even coffee.
In spare moments, Tommy Caldwell said, he read the autobiography of legendary climber Barry Blanchard.
Kevin Jorgeson said the Dawn Wall “personifies dreaming big and making it happen”.
He added: “It’s just a super-concrete example and an iconic, beautiful place with amazing images and a great story of perseverance and teamwork and making it.”
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Free climbers Kevin Jorgeson and Tommy Caldwell have reached El Capitan peak in Yosemite National Park after spending two weeks scaling the sheer face of the 3,000ft rock.
Kevin Jorgeson, 30, and Tommy Caldwell, 36, are the first climbers to do so without aids, except for harnesses and ropes to prevent deadly falls.
They began their historic half-mile ascent on December 27.
During the climb Kevin Jorgeson and Tommy Caldwell slept in tents suspended from the mountain face.
The men did not give media interviews on completion of their challenge, but are expected to discuss the climb later.
Eric Jorgeson, Kevin Jorgeson’s father, told local media his son had always been a climber and watching him fulfill a long-time dream had made him proud.
“He climbed everything he could think of. It made us nervous early on as parents, but we got used to it,” he said.
Eric Jorgeson and his son had begun climbing the other routes to El Capitan’s peak in California when Kevin was 15, making it a birthday tradition each year.
“I feel like the most proud person in the world right now,” Tommy Caldwell’s sister, Sandy Van Nieuwenhuyzen, said.
During their climb up the notoriously difficult Dawn Wall route, both took rest days to wait for their skin to heal and used tape and even superglue to speed the process.
Kevin Jorgeson and Tommy Caldwell suffered bruising falls, when their grip slipped, and they would bounce off the mountain face.
Only their safety ropes saved them from further harm.
“As disappointing as this is, I’m learning new levels of patience, perseverance and desire,” Kevin Jorgeson had posted online at one point.
“I’m not giving up. I will rest. I will try again. I will succeed.”
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