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‘Dawn Wall’ documentary, Q&A with climber is Saturday in Vail

Tommy Caldwell, left, and Kevin Jorgeson near the summit of El Capitan Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, as seen from the valley floor in Yosemite National Park, Calif. The two climbers became the first in the world to use only their hands, feet and safety ropes to scale a sheer granite face in California's Yosemite National Park.
AP photo | Ben Margot | AP

VAIL — Climber Kevin Jorgeson will attend a screening of never-before-seen footage of his recent epic climb of El Capitan’s Dawn Wall as part of the 12th annual Vail Film Festival on Saturday. The footage is from the he new documentary “Dawn Wall” and can been seen at 4:30 p.m. at Cascade Theater in Vail.

Considered by many to be “the hardest route ever climbed” and “the climb of the century,” the assent completed by Jorgeson and Tommy Caldwell garnered worldwide media attention and was featured on the front page of The New York Times. Jorgeson answer questions and talk about his experience following the screening.


In 2009, Jorgeson asked Caldwell if he needed a partner for his new project on El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. During the next six years, Caldwell and Jorgeson spent hundreds of days working out how they would complete the climb. They experienced constant setbacks, but they kept the dream alive that one day they might free climb the Dawn Wall.

On Dec. 27, Jorgeson and Caldwell started their assent of El Capitan. Nineteen days later, their dream became a reality when they stood on the top of the summit.

“We are thrilled to have Kevin Jorgeson as our guest at the Vail Film Festival and to share incredible footage from the Dawn Wall climb, a monumental achievement that showcases the triumph of the human spirit and that anything is possible,” said Vail Film Festival co-director Sean Cross.

For more information about the Vail Film Festival or to purchase festival passes, visit http://www.vailfilmfestival.com.

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