Thursday, January 8, 2015

Day 13 on the Dawn Wall

I sit down to type this with tears welling in my eyes.  That might sound over emotional or a little weird to some of you, but I can't even begin to understand and explain what has all led up to this moment.  The Dawn Wall started out as a little bit of an escape from a deep pain Tommy felt from the sadness of splitting up with his former wife.  He deemed the wall impossible to free climb.  He came back to it a year later, and with the excitement of a budding relationship between us decided that The Dawn Wall just might be possible.  Our relationship began with this route, and The Dawn Wall has weaved its way through our lives together over the past 6 years.

Hearing from Tommy that he finished pitches 19 & 20 tonight and stepped onto Wino Tower having free climbed all of the 5.13-5.14 pitches below him finally allowed me to take a little breath.  I've mostly kept my feelings about this attempt locked in a box.  I didn't know what was going to happen...even after the hard 12, 14, 15, and 16th pitches.  Wino was the place that I felt if he made it that far...this thing would be possible.  I didn't realize he felt the same way, too.  He stood atop Wino Tower with tears in his own eyes tonight.  This journey isn't over yet, but we can start to see what it might look like standing on top of this route...and it's beautiful.

Tommy will now go down and be support for Kevin as he works some more on pitch 15.  Good luck to Kevin - thankful for all of his support to Tommy.  You've got this!!   And congratulations on getting this far, baby.  I'm so proud of you.

A kiss after Tommy topped out on the sea cliffs of Malta.  Photo:  Corey Rich


  1. Wow! Amazing... congratulations to both of you. Hopefully Wino Tower has a little room to allow a step or two of walking. Must be getting a little old hanging in a harness or perched on a portaledge almost all the time.

  2. This is a story of hope and determination. This is a testament that anything is truly possible. Thank you.

  3. He is a great climber and a super great guy. We in the climbing community hold him in the very highest regard! He will send this route and I think it is a very positive demonstration that he will be taking a pause in his climbing to make sure Kevin has every chance to finish the climb with him. Tom Evans

  4. What a great role model he's making for little Fitz.

  5. So Awesome! I have kept tabs on his dawn wall attempts since 2010 (thanks to you and your blogging actually!) and am so stoked to read about his successes on a route they have worked so incredibly hard on.

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  6. You two are awesome. Scratch that, you three are awesome. Fitz is awesome too.

  7. Writing and following from Colombia. This climb is truly inspiring a whole community of climbers all around the world, touching hearts and minds across all kind of borders. Thank you guys and thanks Becca for letting us live this while it is happening!.

  8. Amazing & Awe-inspiring. This makes me happy for your family. Tommy's journey became a family journey. Congrats on such great work. You two are teaching great lessons to Fitz on how you live your lives. Sending prayers and good thoughts from Fargo- Land of the flattest terrain :-)

  9. Hi Becca, I'm reporting on Tommy and Kevin's climb for ABC 7 News Bay Area. Any chance you'd be available for a quick phone or Skype interview to talk about the climb thus far today? You can reach me at 415 730 7196 or via email:
    All the best to your entire family,
    Tiffany Wilson
    ABC 7 News

  10. What a wonderful event and story! Congratulations to your family!

  11. So awesome!

  12. Congrats, Tommy! Absolutely inspiring. Sending positive thoughts your way, and to Kevin too, for quick healing fingers and success on pitch 15 and upward!

  13. Thank you for keeping us up to date with Tommy and Kevin's progress! Great news for Tommy - Now it's Kevin's turn to get er done! Let's put all our attention to the fingertips for fast healing!!

  14. A blessing from Israel! This story is so inspiring,

  15. Congratulations! Well done! Very inspiring. I'm so glad you made it and safely!

  16. Congratulations! Flyn' Brian is surely grinning that unmistakable grin at Tommy and Kevin's success - along with the rest of the world.

  17. Fantastic achievement Tommy/Kevin, what an adventure in so many ways...

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