The El Capitan climb up close

Last week, Kevin Jorgeson and Tommy Caldwell found themselves on top of the world when they successfully climbed — free-climbed — a 3,000 foot granite cliff of El Capitan in Yosemite.

It took 19 days and they hardly did it in secret. The attempt got plenty of news coverage.

This week, however, Patagonia has released some video of what it took to accomplish the feat. And it’s more insane than it seemed last week.

Related: The Climber Taking Vets Up El Capitan (The Daily Beast).

  • John

    To be able to put that much strength into the very tips of your fingers and toes…stunning.

  • Mitch

    I think I read somewhere that he fell ~10 times on that pitch before finally making it. Serious determination. And wicked skills.

  • dpsours

    He appears to missing the tip of his left index finger. One less with which to grab and hold on.

  • Jack

    Where does a body sleep on a 19 day climb on a granite cliff?