In this Jan. 9, 2015 photo, Kevin Jorgeson climbs on pitch 15 during the hardest rock climb in the world: a free climb of El Capitan, California’s Yosemite National Park.
Two men completed a historic climb to the summit of the 3,000-foot (900-metre) El Capitan rock formation in Yosemite National Park on Wednesday without climbing tools, a spokeswoman said.
Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson made it to the top of El Capitan at 3:30 p.m. local time, spokeswoman Jess Clayton said.
They have become first to climb El Capitan’s so-called Dawn Wall without bolts or climbing tools.
Caldwell and Jorgeson, who began their climb on December 27, were expected to celebrate privately with their families at the summit before speaking to reporters in a Yosemite meadow the following day.
The Dawn Wall of El Capitan is divided into 32 climbing pitches, which are varying lengths of rock that the climbers are trying to master with only their hands and feet.
The wall has been scaled before, first by legendary climber Warren Harding in 1970, but never before without climbing tools.
Earlier ascents have all been ‘aid climbs’ whereby climbers use tools to haul themselves up the pitches.
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Caldwell and Jorgeson had reached the final 11 pitches on Tuesday after working their way past some of the toughest stretches on the rock.
Jorgeson struggled for several days last week on difficult pitch 15, at one point being forced to rest for two days while the skin on his fingers healed after being ripped off by razor-sharp ledges.