Kevin Jorgeson is an American rock climber. He is known for being able to free climb, using no equipment outside of gear to protect from falling, and is well known for being able to high ball large boulders.
Rock climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson talk about scaling the 3,000 foot sheer vertical face of Yosemite's El Capitan that was long thought impossible to ascend. The duo discuss sleeping in portaledges — tents suspended more than a thousand feet in the air — and the personal risks and rewards of rock climbing. The new documentary about their historic climb is 'The Dawn Wall.' John Powers reviews two new crime dramas based on true stories — the Showtime series 'Escape at Dannemora,' starring Patricia Arquette and Benicio del Toro, and the Bravo series 'Dirty John,' starring Connie Britton and Eric Bana. Film critic Justin Chang reviews the costume drama, 'The Favourite,' starring Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz.
In January, 2015, American rock climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson captivated the world with their effort to climb The Dawn Wall, a seemingly impossible 3,000 foot rock face in Yosemite National Park, California.
The pair lived on the sheer vertical cliff for weeks, igniting a frenzy of global media attention.
But for Tommy Caldwell, The Dawn Wall was much more than just a climb. It was the culmination of a lifetime defined by overcoming obstacles. At the age of 22, the climbing prodigy was taken hostage by rebels in Kyrgyzstan. Shortly after, he lost his index finger in an accident, but resolved to come back stronger. When his marriage fell apart, he escaped the pain by fixating on the extraordinary goal of free climbing The Dawn Wall.
Blurring the line between dedication and obsession, Caldwell and his partner Jorgeson spend six years meticulously plotting and practicing their route. On the final attempt, with the world watching, Caldwell is faced with a moment of truth. Should he abandon his partner to fulfill his ultimate dream, or risk his own success for the sake of their friendship?
Kevin Jorgeson spent his 16th birthday in Yosemite Valley trying to master the Midnight Lightning. He was not successful on that day but returned for his 17th birthday to achieve that goal and has never looked back. For the fifth Yosemite Can O Peaches episode of Season Two, John DeGrazio interviews accomplished Yosemite rock climber and boulderer, Kevin Jorgeson. Kevin recalls his memorable journeys through Yosemite from the higher cliffs in this interview from Yosemite Valley. He describes waking up in a portaledge as having an opportunity for coffee with a great view. With the wall as a canvas, Kevin also articulates similarities between rock climbing and dance choreography. Jorgeson shares more intimate details of the January 2015 Dawn Wall first free ascent with Tommy Caldwell along with some of the results that have changed his life forever. He also recounts the struggles on the 15th pitch of the Dawn Wall and how it has helped him become a better leader on his current project. Join us for this memorable episode.
Kevin Jorgeson talks about what sending the Dawn Wall has to do with entrepreneurship. This recording was made in front of a live studio audience at Crux Climbing Center.
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