Gripped: Ondra sends Dawn

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Third person to free the 32-pitch Dawn Wall 5.14d on El Cap in Yosemite

Adam Ondra has made the second free ascent and is the third person to free the 32-pitch Dawn Wall 5.14d on El Cap in Yosemite. Together with partner Pavel Blazek, who jumared fixed ropes and belayed, Ondra shaved over 10 days off Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson’s 19-day first free ascent in 2015. Caldwell and Jorgeson both freed every pitch on their ascent, some pitches on different days, but neither led every pitch. Ondra is the first to lead and send every pitch of Dawn Wall. Continue…

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