Jorgeson examining his hands just a few days into the climb. The condition of the climbers’ hands and fingertips was one of the major variables on the Dawn Wall. Rest days were built into the schedule so their hands and skin could heal between climbs.
Kevin Jorgeson (left) and Tommy Caldwell live in a "portaledge" feet above the valley for up to two weeks when working on a route. Amenities include a French press for coffee and iPhones charged with a solar panel. Photo Credit: Jimmy Chin / from the