Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson completed the Dawn Wall Project in January, 2015. It was immediately crowned “the hardest climb in the world.” The climb received national attention from all over the world. Spending 19 days on the wall to complete a 7 year long project, Caldwell put together a lifetime of climbing to set the new standard of what can be accomplished.
This was without adversity. What began as curiosity, a spark captured the attention and imagination of the world. Why? Rock climbing, the sport, does not bring a ton of inherit value as shall we say being a doctor or a teacher. But yet watching someone overcome, to do the impossible, because it has never been done before inspires each of us to find our own Dawn Wall and climb it.
Caldwell says his father was a huge inspiration and taught him “Don’t prepare the path for your children. Prepare your children for the path.”
While it may be easy to say, “This guy is lucky to be blessed with such talent. I could never do something like this.” His “overnight success” is the sum of 7 hard years of determination and vision and a lifetime of discipline. All this while losing a finger, being captured by terrorists, going through a divorce, etc.
This guy is the real deal when it comes to having the guts to say to the naysayers that anything is possible when you put your heart and mind on the line.