The Dawn Wall

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In an unbelievable story of perseverance, free climber Tommy Caldwell and climbing partner Kevin Jorgeson attempt to scale the impossible 3000ft Dawn Wall of El Capitan.

The Dawn Wall

Review

After the sweat-inducing film Free Solo – which also features heavily on climbing the infamous El Capitan in Yosemite National Park – I wasn’t sure how this film could compete. Luckily this is quite special documentary on its own.

The first events in Tommy Caldwell’s life are dramatic in their own way, but the incredible story really shines following his ascent with climbing partner Kevin Jorgeson of the dawn wall; an unscaled 3000ft granite face with no features for climbing. The climbing is shot showing both the sheer scale of the task ahead and the individual struggles they face traversing each pitch.

It’s an intimate look at obession, of achieving the near impossible and it is all capture with both beauty and intensity.