"Yes!" Czech Adam Ondra succeeded in the free climbing single push of the world hardest big wall Dawn on El Capitan, Yosemite, on the 8th day of ascent. His climbing partner Pavel Blazek has reported about it just after midnight of Central European time today.
Adam Ondra and his team on the top of the Dawn Wall, El Capitan, Yosemity. There were the legendary climber and photographer Heinz Zak with his Austrian colleague film maker Christian Wild, (who documented the acsent), awaiting for Adam and Pavel on the top. (photo by Pavel Blazek)
There is the video news from AdaM by Pavel Blazek 4 pitches under the top:
Adam Ondra in Dawn Wall, El Capitan, Yosemity, 4 pitches under the top (photo by Pavel Blazek)
Video from the morning of the 8th day, Adam is jugging up to the start of the last day climbing. Video by Pavel Blazek:
Breakfast before the last part of the ascent. Video by Pavel Blazek:
The camp on portaledge on Dawn Wall, El Capitan, Yosemity, 8th day morning (photo by Pavel Blazek)
The morning just before the final climb. Video by Pavel Blazek:
There is the detailed topo of the Dawn Wall 5.14d, that we linked on the beginning of the Adam`s practicing:
Dawn Wall was done in 1970 by American mountaineer Warren Harding with help of aid climbing for 28 days. Last year in January there were Americans Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson, who first time free climbed it. It took them 19 days after a several years of practicing of the route.
Their climb was massively covered by mainstream media and after that the American president Barack Obama congratulated to Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson on Twitter:
Today morning Adam Ondra said with laugh to Czech Television interview that no president has congratulated him yet.
Adam plans to have a rest and than go home, and prepare for winter season on rocks in Spain. He thinks he will try to climb the Dawn Wall sometimes in future in 24 hours, that is his dream, and he thinks it is possible, but he would try it probably after several years. Photo of the screen of the TV interview: