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2 men reach top of Yosemite's El Capitan in historic climb

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By KRISTIN J. BENDER and SCOTT SMITH

Associated Press

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) - Two Americans have become the first to free-climb Yosemite National Park's Dawn Wall, which has been called the hardest rock climb in the world.

Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson summited the 3,000-foot granite monolith in California on Wednesday after starting on Dec. 27.

The Dawn Wall is a vertical face on one side of the famous Yosemite rock formation known as El Capitan.

While there are roughly 100 routes up El Capitan, the Dawn Wall is considered the steepest and most difficult.

Though others have climbed the Dawn Wall, Caldwell and Jorgeson are the first to free-climb it, meaning they used ropes only as a safeguard against falls.

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