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Rock climbers will find few vertical rock formations as challenging as El Capitan (left, background). At one time “El Cap,” which stretches roughly 3,000 feet from base to top, was considered impossible to climb. Today, the most popular route to tackle is The Nose, which follows the rock’s huge projecting front.

von USA TODAY

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Kevin Jorgeson climbs what has been called the hardest rock climb in the world. He and friend Tommy Caldwell are attempting the impossible.

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