Earlier this month, many in the world watched in stunned amazement as two climbers free-climbed the Dawn Wall at Yosemite’s El Capitan. They used only their fingertips and shoes grasping tiny cracks in the granite face to climb over 3,000 vertical feet over 19 days. Tommy Caldwall and Kevin Jorgeson accomplished a truly remarkable feat they had been planning since 2007.
From the story Climber who completed the first free ascent of Dawn Wall encourages others to find their own Dawn Wall comes this:
“…But it wasn’t enough for Jorgeson that people could relate to his struggle. He wanted their accomplishment to do more than wow people.
Why were you inspired by this story?” he said. “Some people connect with the struggle, some connect with the teamwork, and some connect to the dream. You can’t possibly predict how people are going to connect with the story. It forces you to think about what is it that people relate to. What is it in my life that I really want to come true? If nothing else, if we can provide that introspection and that inspiration for people to find their own Dawn Wall, that’s a cool lasting impact to have for being part of last Wednesday’s crazy news cycle.”
I now have my own “Dawn Wall” project. I’d love to hear about yours.
Photo Courtesy of Moni Sertel on Flickr
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