2 climbers complete historic El Capitan Dawn Wall ascent at Yosemite National Park

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YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK — Two world-class rock climbers who have been clinging to minuscule granite holds in Yosemite National Park have completed a yearslong effort to free-climb the Dawn Wall on the towering 3,000-foot face of El Capitan, becoming the first to do so.

Tommy Caldwell, a 36-year-old from Colorado, and his 30-year-old partner, Kevin Jorgeson from Santa Rosa, topped out on the summit of the Sierra Nevada monolith on Wednesday afternoon.

A crowd of family, supporters and news media was gathered in the meadow below in Yosemite Valley, anxiously watching their progress all day. The climbers appeared like ants on the massive rock wall.

The pair, who together have been attempting what is widely considered one of the most challenging climbs in the world since 2009, began this season’s effort on Dec. 27.

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