Tommy Caldwell, Alex Honnold and Kevin Jorgeson open new route at El Capitan

The trio Tommy Caldwell, Alex Honnold and Kevin Jorgeson joined forces in the Yosemite Valley this October to set up a new big-wall route.

For a long time only indirect details about the project of the three Americans reached the public. Other rope teams met the professional climbers, published selfies and so it became known that Tommy Caldwell, Alex Honnold and Kevin Jorgeson work on a new route in the wall Early Morning Light on El Capitan .

Pictures of the three climbing pros setting up the route

Announced last Sunday by Tommy Caldwell the free inspection of your new creation. The route largely follows the old techno route “New Dawn” and continues the Passage to Freedom line that Leo Houlding freely climbed 18 years ago. The difficulty of the big wall tour is in area 8b. Official information is still few and far between. Tommy Caldwell wrote on Sunday that further details about the route would follow in the coming days.

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“Alex and I, along with Austin (photographer) and Kevin, set up a pretty cool route on El Cap. The route is one of the most spectacular climbing tours I've ever done. "

Tommy Caldwell on the new route in the wall Early Morning Light on El Capitan
(Picture Austin Siadak)

First free ascent by Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold

Even if Kevin helped intensely with setting up the route he was not present at the first free ascent. In his home state are currently raging strong fires, which is why he drove back home. Without checking out all the passages of the new route Tommy and Alex went for a redpoint try. With success.

“After a few weeks of setting it up in the wall, Alex and I decided to try a 'desperate' red dot. To our astonishment it worked and the red punk ascent was done! "

Tommy Caldwell

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Credits: Pictures Austin Siadak

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