On January 14, 2015, after 19 days of living on the side of the 3,000’ cliff El Capitan in Yosemite, CA, Kevin Jorgeson stood on top of the hardest rock climb ever done. Kevin spent over six years with partner Tommy Caldwell imagining, planning, preparing, and attempting to free climb the Dawn Wall of El Capitan. During their successful 19-day climb, the story became a global inspiration, garnering over 34 billion media impressions – easily one of the largest sports stories of all time.
To many, their first question is “Why do such a thing?” Oddly, climbing is in Kevin’s DNA but it doesn’t run in the family. Rather, it’s his passion for being in the outdoors mixed with a child-like curiosity for human limits that drives Kevin upwards. Kevin grew up spending time in the outdoors with his dad, hiking, white water rafting, fishing, hunting, and camping. At age 10, he discovered the sport of rock climbing and never looked back. By age 17, he was an International Champion and at age 30, Kevin is now one of the most widely recognized climbers in the world.
You can call Kevin a climber, an adventurer, an explorer, or even crazy. But, don’t call him a “daredevil” or “thrill seeker.” He would be the first to tell you that if you’re having an adrenaline rush while 3,000’ in the air, something is going wrong. Rather, the Dawn Wall is about partnership, adventure, optimism, determination, perseverance and the power of dreaming big. As Kevin shared with the world via Twitter just days before completing the climb: “This isn’t about conquering, it’s about realizing a dream.”
"Tommy and Kevin did so much for Samsung during their time at the conference. We really appreciated that their storyline was so well told and received by the guests. They have a lot of fans at Samsung."- Samsung
"Kevin was terrific. Very powerful presentation that clearly made an impact on our attendees. I appreciate that he took the time to get to know us and context around the meeting so he could really dial in the points and metaphors that were relevant to our team. Needless to say, people were fascinated by his amazing story."- Old Navy
"Kevin was many things including articulate, warm, funny, and thought provoking. Most importantly, he was inspirational. He took on an impossible goal, worked for years to figure out how to do it, overcame profound emotional and physical challenges on the way to achieving it and grew as a human being along the way. For any person or organization facing change and challenge that will test its character, the story of the Dawn Wall told by Kevin is a must hear."- Gap, Inc.
"Interestingly, seeing Kevin speak was a lifetime and career highlight for me. I was riveted during Kevin and Tommy’s Dawn Wall push. Just so amazed and in awe. And Kevin was so sweet to hang out with, and as a speaker, just truly kind, humble, wise, smart and gracious. A home run. Everyone at the school loved him!"- Des Moines Areas Community College
"Kevin did a great job. It hit just the right notes I hoped it would. He's a special and very engaging person and a very good presenter. Appreciate your help and we'd be happy to recommend him in the future. Really well done!"- Kilpatrick Townsend
"Kevin was just awesome. He really has a talent for sharing thought-provoking words. People not only were inspired by his story but were even more bowled over by his insightfulness, approachability, and willingness to engage with us. He even stuck around and roamed the room to share added perspectives after his talk was over. I am incredibly appreciative of his generosity of time and perspective and am excited that the other half of our team gets to see him next week."- Genentech