Rock Climbing News

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    Unbelayvable: Bouldering is Not a Team Sport

    "I saw a boulderer get stuck and climb another climber through two sections of the 25-foot highball Heavenly Path (V1) in Bishop, California."

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    The Dawn Wall Goes Free!

    1/14/15 - At 3:30 p.m. pacific time, Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson summited El Capitan, completing their years-long quest to free climb the Dawn Wall. They spent 19 days on the wall. This has been called the hardest big wall free climb to date, and is truly a historic achievement that may not be repeated for years to come.

  • Kevin Jorgeson makes the 5.13c pitch 18 look easy. Photo: Tom Evans/

    Dawn Wall Update: The Final Push

    1/13/15 - Just a few days ago Kevin Jorgeson's success on the Dawn Wall seemed questionable. He'd been stuck on pitch 15 for seven days. His finger skin was shredded. It seemed like he may have hit his high point. Since then, Jorgeson has erased any doubts about his ability to get to the top of the 3,000-foot face. He fired off pitch 15, went on to stick the notorious dyno on pitch 16, and then kept his momentum and caught up to partner Tommy Caldwell on Wino Tower at pitch 20 in a matter of days. This puts all of the 5.14 and 5.13 pitches behind the team, besides one 5.13a boulder problem nears the top of the wall. The majority of the remaining pitches are 5.11 and 5.12, all relatively easy compared to what the duo has already accomplished.

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    Unbelayvable: One Lucky Nut

    A party started a route directly above me. The leader put in his first piece, a nut, and promptly fell on it. I was directly in his fall line.

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    Jim Ewing’s Terrifying Fall and Recovery

    1/12/15 - Longtime New England rock and ice climber Jim Ewing, a senior rope engineer at Sterling Rope, was seriously injured in a ground fall while climbing at Cayman Brac on December 26.

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    Jorgeson Finishes Last 5.14 of Dawn Wall

    1/10/15 - In a comeback worthy of basketball's Final Four, Kevin Jorgeson has redpointed the final two 5.14 pitches of the Dawn Wall, sending Pitch 15 yesterday and Pitch 16 (the famed Dyno Pitch) today.

  • Dawn Wall Update: Caldwell Completes 5.13c Pitches, Jorgeson Sends Pitch 15

    It appears the end of a six-year effort to free climb the Dawn Wall could be in sight.

  • Dawn Wall Update: Final 5.14 Pitch Goes Free

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

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    Unbelayvable: 5 Photos of Absolutely Awful Belayers

    Belaying should be a lifelong pursuit, a skill that we are always striving to improve and perfect. It should be done consciously, and with great care. Unfortunately, the world is full of people that think clipping a rope to their belay device is enough to ensure the safety of their partner or, worse yet, that they can figure out how to belay on their own. Here is a collection of those dangerous people, captured in the wild by our readers.

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    Two Climbers Die in Separate Rappelling Accidents in El Potrero Chico, Mexico

  • Kevin Jorgeson shaking out at a rest midway on Pitch 15 (5.14+) of the Dawn Wall. Photo by Brett Lowell / Big UP Productions.

    Dawn Wall Update: Caldwell Passes Key Milestones

    1/5/15 - Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson have spent the past five days working on the crucial right-to-left traverse across the middle of the Dawn Wall, the 5.14-plus route up El Capitan's southeast face. Since both men completed Pitch 12 (5.14b) on December 31 and Pitch 14 (5.14+) on January 1, progress has been measured in millimeters of skin on fragile fingertips.

  • Kevin Jorgeson on pitch 14 of the Dawn Wall, the hardest pitch of the climb. Photo by Jeff Johnson (

    Dawn Wall: Four 5.14 Pitches Down, Two to Go

    1/2/15 - Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson have launched what they hope will be their final push on the Dawn Wall on El Capitan, and so far it could not be going better. Yesterday the two men both greeted the new year by leading pitch 5.14, which they call the hardest pitch of the entire climb.