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Jorgeson: Everyone should 'find their own Dawn Wall'

Kevin Jorgeson speaking to reporters at the foot of El Capitan in the Yosemite National Park.

One of the climbers who made a historic ascent of El Capitan has urged others inspired by their efforts to find their own personal challenges, saying: "I encourage everyone to find their own Dawn Wall."

Speaking to journalists at the foot of the mountain, Kevin Korgeson said:

I never thought rock climbing could garner so much attention from the world, it's kind of crazy and a little uncomfortable (laughing).

I'd love to turn all that attention right back around to everyone that is inspired by this project and encourage them to find their own Dawn Wall...

...I hope that everyone that has been following along can take the Dawn Wall as an example of what's possible and find their own Dawn Wall.

– Kevin Jorgeson

Tommy Caldwell and friend Kevin Jorgeson became the first free climbers to scale the rock's 3,000ft Dawn Wall in Yosemite National Park yesterday - a climb which they completed without any equipment other than ropes and harnesses.

Father's 'relief' as son successfully scales El Capitan

The father of free climber Tommy Caldwell has said that he felt "relief" when he realised his son had completed his record-breaking ascent of the rock formation El Capitan.

Tommy Caldwell and friend Kevin Jorgeson became the first free climbers to scale the rock's 3,000ft Dawn Wall in Yosemite National Park yesterday - a climb which they completed without any equipment other than ropes and harnesses.

Tommy's father, Mike Caldwell, spoke to ITV News:

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Obama 'so proud' of US free climbers' triumph

US President Barack Obama has said he is "proud" of free climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson after they became the first people to free climb to El Capitan's summit.

Obama tweeted a congratulatory message to the pair:

Video shows the moment two free climbers made history

Kevin Jorgeson and Tommy Caldwell raise their arms triumphantly after becoming the first free climbers to scale the near-vertical face of Yosemite National Park's El Capitan rock formation.

Watch the moment the two free climbers completed their epic journey to the top of El Capitan's Dawn Wall rock face.

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