Hold your crampons, two climbers are making an attempt on the Dawn Wall
Nalle Hukkataival and Ignacio Mulero make push for third ascent
Lead photo credit: West Mount Media Instagram @westmountmedia.
Apparently, two climbers are making an attempt on the Dawn Wall of El Capitan, a 915m sheer mountain face in Yosemite National Park, California. It is one of the pinnacles of climbing. Only three people have ever made it to the top.
It gets the name Dawn Wall because it's the first section of the famed El Capitan that the sun hits when it rises.
With an overall grade is VII 5.14d, the Dawn Wall has been called the "hardest, longest free climb in the world." So when someone makes an attempt, even an under the radar attempt like this one could be, people notice.
Social media has been aflutter after climbers have been spotted on the wall. Apparently, one of those making the attempt is Finnish pro climber Nalle Hukkataival along with Spanish climber Ignacio Mulero.
An article in Climber News confirms that they are indeed making the attempt, and they have been in Yosemite and working on the routes for the past three months.
The only people to have successfully climbed the Dawn Wall are Kevin Jorgensen, Tommy Caldwell, and Adam Ondra.
On Jan. 3, Mulero made a tongue-in-cheek post on social media, which translated to: "Today it was supposed to be a good day of rest but we got hot and we had to go in to do some long! On the wall and until further notice."
And they were off.
The climb is being chronicled by a local photographer Keith Allen Peters who shoots under the now-very-busy Instagram handle @westmountmedia. And although there are photos being posted regularly there is not much information about the climb so it is hard to gather how long they've been up there and how it's going.
But, that is helping to fuel some steady gossip on sites such as Reddit.com/r/climbing where a post is already up discussing the climb. Apparently, there is even a long line of cars stopped along the roadway in Yosemite watching the progress.
The last post from Hukkataival on social media was a week ago showing the porta-ledge on Dawn Wall.
Weeks before the attempt, the pair shared some of their practice sessions on the Wall, such as the video below, which shows Hukkataival handling the 16th pitch called The Dyno.
Although it might not make mainstream news, any attempt on the Dawn Wall is a serious feat of athleticism.
Ondra took just eight days to free climb the Dawn Wall, while Caldwell and Jorgenson made the first ascent in 19 days. Follow along, there should be news soon.