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The Dawn wall is one of the largest and most difficult climbs in the world, it's nearly 1000m of blankness, there isn't a lot to hold onto all the way up. But you're right, it has been "climbed" before. The Dawn wall was first climbed in 1970 by Warren Harding and Dean Caldwell. These climbers used a different technique to what Kevin Jorgeson and Tommy ...


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Obviously there's a good case for considering the wear and tear on the belay loop and harness itself. Consider the case of Todd Skinner: http://www.climbing.com/climber/loss-of-a-legend/ They discussed the worn harness, talking about how people back up the belay loop with a tied sling, but neither considered it a significant safety hazard.



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