Tommy Caldwell Climbs the Dawn Wall

At the age of three, Tommy Caldwell’s father introduced him to rock climbing. Considered one of the world’s best rock climbers, Caldwell was climbing routes at age 13 that his father couldn’t complete. At age 16, he won the World Climbing Championship. For the last several years, Caldwell’s dream has been to free climb the 3000ft. Dawn Wall. It’s one of the hardest, blankest, continuously steep walls in the world. Attempting this thing, as one climber put it, “is outer space. It’s silly hard.”

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