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Climbers: Conquering world's toughest rock climb 'surreal'

1 year 10 months 3 weeks ago January 15, 2015 Jan 15, 2015 Thursday, January 15 2015 January 15, 2015 9:53 AM in Sports
Source: Associated Press
By: Kristin J. Bender and Scott Smith

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, CA - Two Americans who finished what's considered the world's most difficult rock climb say it's "surreal" realizing a yearslong dream and are glad people were inspired by their journey up a 3,000-foot sheer granite face in Yosemite National Park.

Lifelong friends Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson talked to Good Morning America on Thursday about becoming the first to scale El Capitan's Dawn Wall route using only their hands and feet. They used ropes and safety harnesses only in case of falls.

Jorgeson said, "It's pretty surreal to wake up and have the climb complete."

Caldwell spoke briefly, saying he lost his voice yelling at Jorgeson, who had been stalled a tough section that took 11 attempts over seven days.

Jorgeson said of the difficulty: "I didn't want to accept any other outcome but getting up that route."

Image: Chris Burkard/Patagonia

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