January 16

What’s your Dawn Wall?

The interview I heard on NPR with Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson about their 19-day ascent by hand up El Capitan’s Dawn Wall was wonderfully inspiring. The two trained and planned for years to achieve what no one before them has. I loved, in particular, the story of Pitch 15 where the climbers failed over and over again before finally ascending higher up the wall. I also loved their comment that they wanted to do this to inspire others to “climb their own Dawn Walls.” I’ve been working on my Dawn Wall for many years. I feel as though I’m still stuck on Pitch 15 at times. But I’m still climbing. How about you?