Dawn Wall Update: Final 5.14 Pitch Goes Free

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A pitch by pitch topo of the Dawn Wall, drawn by Kevin Jorgeson in 2010. Some of the pitches and ratings have since changed. Click for full size.

A pitch by pitch topo of the Dawn Wall, drawn by Kevin Jorgeson in 2010. Some of the pitches and ratings have since changed. Click for full size.

1/7/15 - The most difficult pitches of the Dawn Wall are now behind Tommy Caldwell. He redpointed the final 5.14 pitch late last night.

Caldwell called the milestone bittersweet, as progress has been slower for partner Kevin Jorgeson. After taking two rest days to heal split tips, Jorgeson was again unable to finish pitch 15 last night. Tom Evans reports that he made four attempts, each time falling just shy of the belay. The fate of the route depends on one razor hold that Jorgeson has been struggling to use with his fingers taped. He called it a night after the final attempt ripped both the tape and skin from his already damaged hands. But Jorgeson isn't quitting just yet, posting on Instagram, "As disappointing as this is, I'm learning new levels of patience, perseverance, and desire. I'm not giving up. I will rest. I will try again. I will succeed."

Even for Caldwell, the route is not a done deal. He still has three hard 5.13 pitches ahead of him, but from there the difficulty drops. While the duo have rehearsed and completed all of the crux moves, several of these easier pitches have not been redpointed by either climber. There are other concerns, like weather and injury, but right now the forecast looks good.

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