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Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson became the first to ascent to the summit of Yosemite National Park’s El Capitan's 3,000-foot (900-meter) sheer granite face in California without climbing tools.

Tommy Caldwell, top, ascends the final pitch of the Dawn Wall on El Capitan, belayed by his climbing partner Kevin Jorgeson, below, in Yosemite National Park.

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From left: Becca and Tommy Caldwell, and Jacqui Becker and Kevin Jorgeson embrace after the two men completed a free climb summit of the Dawn Wall of El Capitan.

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Shown is El Capitan where two climbers vying to become the first in the world to use only their hands and feet to scale a sheer slab of granite make their way to the summit.

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Tommy Caldwell, center, stands with a photographer at a base camp before continuing to climb what has been called the hardest rock climb in the world.

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Tommy Caldwell eats dinner in a shelter tethered to the cliff of El Capitan.

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Tommy Caldwell works what is known as pitch 15.

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Kevin Jorgeson climbs Pitch 15

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Tommy Caldwell ascends what is known as pitch 10of El Capitan.

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Tommy Caldwell stretches during a break in climbing the Dawn Wall on El Capitan.

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Tommy Caldwell hauls cable during a break in climbing the Dawn Wall on El Capitan.

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