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El Capitan •

Free climbing duo, Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson created history and became the first to free climb the Dawn Wall.

It is 19 days since the duo set out to complete what is regarded as one of the most challenging climbs- the summit of the 3,000-foot rock known as El Capitan in Yosemite National Park on Wednesday. Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson reached the top marking the first ascent of an infamously tricky and complicated section called the Dawn Wall.

The duos reached the summit at 6:00 P.M, EST and were treated to a thunderous applause from a group of 40 cheering friends and family members and a group of reporters. The group arrived after a 8 mile long hike around the backside of the mountain.

“This is not an effort to ‘conquer,’” Jorgeson said Tuesday on Twitter, from 2,000 feet (610 meters) up the side of El Capitan. “It’s about realizing a dream.”

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