Two American rock climbers took 19 days to climb a rock formation called El Capitan in Yosemite, California, USA. It is being called the world’s hardest rock climb. There were many ways to go up the rock. However, Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson took the steepest path up by climbing the Dawn Wall of El Capitan (approximately 3,000ft or 900m). Many have gone up Dawn Wall, but what made this climb the “hardest” was that the two men used their bare hands and feet to make their way up. Ropes were used only for safety purposes. There are no hotels to check into, so where did the men sleep? Well, in tents which hung from the face of the rock!
Here is a video by BBC about their climb.
Did you know?
The Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, is the tallest building in the world and its height is 2,716ft (828m).
Image Credits: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tommy-Caldwell/ for El Capitan’s image
Sources: New York Times, http://www.burjkhalifa.ae/