9 Of The Best Climbing Instagrams To Elevate Your Day
This is a big moment in the climbing world. After 19 nail-biting days, Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson made it to the summit of El Capitan, a 3,000-foot rock in Yosemite National Park, making history as the first to ever free climb the Dawn Wall face.
Long considered impossible to free climb because of the lack of cracks in its granite surface, to call the Dawn Wall steep is a vast understatement. Images of the duo ascending the route with nothing but their hands and feet (and a rope only for safety) flooded the Internet, while their journey was stalled when Kevin's fingers—destroyed from the credit card-sized, razor-sharp holes—refused to heal, even with the help of sandpaper and superglue. But Kevin made it through the crux, rejoining Tommy for the final push to the top on Wednesday.
To celebrate their achievement we've rounded up nine of our favorite climbing Instagrams, selected by our own resident climber and Gear editor, Ethan Woff-Mann. Be sure to take a close look at the first few shots from Tommy and Kevin's epic climb.