How The Media Drove Home El Capitan Climb's Difficulty
Reporters and climbing experts could not overstate Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson's climb up El Capitan's Dawn Wall in Yosemite National Park.By Christian Bryant | January 14, 2015
Folks love a good human achievement, and onlookers that witnessed two Americans free-climb to the top of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park really wanted to explain to us non-climbers how big an achievement it was.
"It's 3,000 ft. That's almost three times as tall as the Empire State Building," one anchor from Al Jazeera said.
"They've had to contend with razor sharp edges and frigid winds," a BBC reporter said.