Pitch 19 of The Dawn Wall

Climbing a featureless rock face

Beginning of the Pitch
The belayer stands far below Tommy Caldwell, showing the starting location of this section of the route.
East Buttress
This is the start of the East Buttress, another climbing route on El Capitain. It's one of the easiest routes up the wall.
Pitch 19 of The Dawn Wall
Alex Honnold’s
audacious free-solo ascents of America’s biggest cliffs have made him one of the most recognized and followed climbers in the world. A gifted but hard-working athlete, Alex “No Big Deal” Honnold is known as much for his humble, self-effacing attitude as he is for the dizzyingly tall cliffs he has climbed without a rope to protect him if he falls. Honnold has been profiled by 60 Minutes and the New York Times, featured on the cover of National Geographic, appeared in international television commercials and starred in numerous adventure films including the Emmy-nominated “Alone on the Wall.”
Alex Honnold's Website
Lynn Hill
when she was just 17, was already an elite climber living in Yosemite’s Camp 4 and completing numerous first ascents. Soon thereafter she was traveling the world, winning competitions, and upping the standards for women in the sport. In 1992, she returned to her California roots to make the first free ascent of the Yosemite’s Nose route, becoming the first person - man or woman - to climb the iconic route in this pure, next-level style. Her climb of the Nose is widely recognized as the one the most noteworthy achievements for women in sports.
Lynn Hill's Website
Tommy Caldwell
recently completed the first free ascent of the Dawn Wall on El Capitan. His climb garnered unprecedented attention from the media, transforming Caldwell into arguably the most famous climber in the world. Caldwell is nominated as National Geographic Adventurer of the Year.
Tommy Caldwell's Website