Chasing History, Yosemite Climbers Sand and Superglue Their Fingers

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For all the courage and skill it takes to climb mountain walls, the thought of softened, pruney fingertips brings even the boldest free climbers to their knees.

Rock climbers such as Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson-who are attempting a first-of-its-kind free climb up the Dawn Wall of the giant rock formation known as El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, which many say is the world’s hardest climb-go to painstaking lengths to keep their fingertips in good form.

Climbers keep their nails trimmed extremely short so as not to catch on the rock and tear.



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