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Tommy Caldwell, Kevin Jorgeson make historic free climb up Yosemite’s Dawn Wall

01/14/2015 06:24 EST | Updated 03/16/2015 05:59 EDT
After more than two weeks on the Dawn Wall – the most challenging route up the El Capitan rock formation in Yosemite National Park – a pair of professional climbers have made it to the 914-metre peak.

Tommy Caldwell, 36, and Kevin Jorgeson, 30, were free climbing the wall, a process that allows the use of ropes only for safety purposes. Their ascent marks the first free climb up the Dawn Wall, which is viewed as the most difficult of the roughly 100 paths to the top.

The pair of professional climbers started their trip to the top of the famous California peak on Dec. 27.

They tackled the rock face one pitch at a time — with some stretches taking longer than others.

Jorgeson recorded a view of the sheer rock wall in a video posted online, saying it's a view he'll always remember, but one he isn't "sad to be moving past."

Throughout the climb, both men have needed to take rest days to wait for their skin to heal. They used tape and even Super Glue to help with the process. At one point, Caldwell set an alarm to wake him every four hours to apply a special lotion to his throbbing hands.​

A clutch of family, friends and supporters gathered for the last stretch — including Caldwell's wife, Becca, who has been writing about the climb.

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