Rock Climbing Isn’t for Sissies, These Guys Will Show You Why

By Charlie DeWitts

Ever been rock climbing? It can be pretty crazy. Hundreds or thousands of feet in the air, and the only thing between you and falling is your grip and a rope you placed. For people like Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson, they wouldn’t have it any other way. They want to bring attention to the spirit and sport of rock climbing, so they decided to climb El Capitan, a 3,000 ft wall at Yosemite National Park. Don’t worry, they didn’t fall.

It’s beautiful in Yosemite.
El capitan yosemite national park

Can’t you see?

Just lift yourself up.
Just lift yourself up

Much of the climbing happens at night, actually.
much climbing happens at night


No room for falling.
no room for failure

Not a lot to grab on to …
not a lot to grab on to

It only took 19 days total.
z 19 days

All for the thrill.
z thrill


  1. JFlats says:

    That is scary! I don’t think I’d have the nerve to climb a sheer wall like that. Some of the crevices are little more than a fingertip deep. I imagine you have to be pretty strong and fit to be able to do that.

  2. LostAble says:

    Yikes, those night time ones are scary! Climbing at night might be good for fear of heights but I’d think it would be hard to find the places to put your fingers and toes. Kudos to these guys for being able to do this without falling.

  3. PAPolka says:

    If I’m not mistaken, these guys actually just did this climb recently. I saw them on the news when they crested. I’m not sure I would ever climb something this big, but rock climbing is something I’ve always wanted to try.

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