Two fearless climbers have captured the eyes of the world this week with their amazing ascent up Yosemite National Park’s El Capitan. After climbing for 18 days and nights, Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson today became the first climbers ever to use only their hands and feet to summit a 3,000-foot sheer path called the Dawn Wall. The climb has garnered incredible amounts of media attention. El Capitan is of course known to Trek fans, who saw Captain Kirk free climb it in Star Trek V.
STV: Captain Kirk is Climbing the Mountain
While STV is not regarded as one of the better Trek movies (in fact, it is usually at the very bottom of the list) the scene perfectly matches the theme of the movie: our hero tries to achieve the unachievable, fails, but finds his companionship with his friends is more valuable. And of course, it also gave us this:
A grueling climb
Climb along with Tommy and Kevin who documented their journey from bottom to top. And, feel free to discuss “who climbed it better” in the comments.
Tommy and Kevin make camp
Photo credit: NYT