Most reporters chose to cover the Yosemite climbers from below. But reporter Matt Brown hiked some 9 miles and 3,000 vertical feet to capture the story. Here is his behind the scenes look at the hike to the top.
The climb into the history books almost didn't happen for Santa Rosa's Kevin Jorgeson, who made it up El Capitan's Dawn Wall along with partner Tommy Caldwell on Wednesday. Jorgeson, who was stuck for days halfway up the giant rock, recalls the journey.
After a historic 19-day free climb up Dawn Wall to the top of El Capitan in Yosemite, Santa Rosa's Kevin Jorgeson, who completed the effort Wednesday with partner Tommy Caldwell, called it 'the most intense experience' of his entire life.
Santa Rosa’s Kevin Jorgeson is trying to conquer the toughest section of an arduous route up the face of El Capitan, with a set of lacerated fingertips. If he and his partner are successful, it will take at least another week.