Yosemite, California – In the early morning hours of Monday, November 14, 2016, 23-year-old Czech rock climber Adam Ondra with the support of Pavel Blazek began their ascent of the Dawn Wall on the southeast side of El Capitan in Yosemite, California. After struggling with the crux pitches, Ondra successfully made the second free ascent of the 3000′ Dawn Wall (VI 5.14d) on November 21, 2016. He scaled the entire face in just 8 days – shattering the previous record.
According to RockAndIce.com, the Dawn Wall (VI 5.14d) “consists of seven pitches of 5.14, 12 pitches of 5.13, eight pitches of 5.12, four pitches of 5.11, and one pitch of 5.10.” See a map of the Dawn Wall here.
The Dawn Wall was first free climbed by Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson in January 2015. That ascent took 19 days, but they spent 7 years studying the route. The first ascent of the Dawn Wall was made over 28 days in 1970 by Dean Caldwell and Warren Harding. They drilled bolts and used aid climbing (OutsideOnline.com).
Sending the Dawn Wall in just 8 days is super impressive. Congratualtions. Read more about Adam Ondra and his climbing accomplishments here.