And they have achieved it after 19 days and only with the help of their hands and their feet, a climbing class is known as free climbing, but what does this form of climbing consist of?

Free climbing is one of the most exciting types of sports climbing because no help or instruments are used for the ascent, the climbers only use their hands and feet. It is advisable, however, to wear good footwear, known as “cat’s feet” so as not to slip and a helmet to avoid major injuries. Then there are several tricks such as running away from the sun to avoid sweating and thus promote a better grip.

Climbing the Grand Captain

Let Tom Cruise step aside because the real ‘Mission Impossible’ was until now to reach the top of the Grand Captain and finally, it has been achieved. Two climbers have managed to reach the summit of El Capitan, the most difficult wall for professionals of this sport, located in Yosemite Park in the United States. It is not at all the highest wall in the world (914 meters) but it is the exaggerated verticality of this slope of the mountain that has made so far have been many who have tried unsuccessfully. It has been at the beginning of this year when two intrepid adventurers, constant and especially fortunate, have managed to enter the history of sports climbing to be the first people who have managed to make the summit in El Capitan.

Without giving up

The names of the mountaineers are Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson and even they themselves had failed on previous occasions. But this time it was the definitive one and both could fuse in an embrace in the top of this rock. The route chosen was the ‘Dawn Wall’ and their journey took them no less than 19 days. Certainly, the merit is not only to reach the top, but the real triumph is also to do it in free climbing: with the help of his hands and feet, and with ropes and harnesses to hold them only in case of fall. Moving along such a smooth wall is impossible until you can rest. So much so that the nights were made in a tent nailed to the wall.

Adventure, sport and adrenaline have come together to make history. From now on, it is certain that many will follow in the footsteps (literally) of these two new heroes.

Other route options offered by Yosemite

But the Yosemite is not only the Great Captain, and is that people do not get to at least enjoy one of the most beautiful natural parks in America. Visited by more than 3 million people a year, this park with huge mountains, waterfalls, advertisement, also offers multiple hiking trails designed for all levels and ages, as it also has in operation several plans to do with children.

Other complicated summits of sport climbing

The adventure of mountaineers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson has been one of the last exploits in the world of Yosemite climbing, but in the world, there are many other equally or more complicated enclaves in which to make history through free climbing. Here we review six of the walls whose climbing is worthy of an epic feat.

Mount Asgard, Baffin Island (Canada)

It is another of the places marked on the map for fans of climbing and James Bond films, with a height of 1200 meters is quite a challenge, on which have been filmed adventure films such as “The Asgard Project”.

Ultevanna, Queen Maud Land (Antarctica)

With an altitude of 1,750 meters and an average temperature of minus twenty-five degrees is one of the hardest climbs in the world because we can not forget that we are in Antarctica.

Tsaranoro Massif, Madagascar

Considered as the Yosemite of Africa, because although its height, around 400 meters is lower than you might think, has one of the most complicated passageways in the world.

Trango Tower, Pakistan

One of the most imposing and feared stone walls in the world, with a height of 1300 meters whose hardness does not lie so much in climbing as in reaching them.

Petit Dru, France

An adventure of a few hours but very risky due to the frequent rock falls. With multiple itineraries and routes to reach the top of the Petit Dru is to climb more than 850 meters.

Naranjo de Bulnes, Spain

Of limestone with 500 meters of height, in this wall of climbing the proper names are those of the brothers Eneko and Iker Pou, who made the first free ascent by the route of Orbayu.

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