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Tom Evans, Associated Press
In this Jan. 7, 2015photo provided by Tom Evans, Tommy Caldwell, top, climbs what is known as Pitch 17 with Kevin Jorgeson handling the line during what has been called the hardest rock climb in the world: a free climb of El Capitan, the largest monolith of granite in the world, a half-mile section of exposed granite in California's Yosemite National Park. El Capitan rises more than 3,000 feet above the Yosemite Valley floor. The first climber reached its summit in 1958, and there are roughly 100 routes up to the top.

SAN FRANCISCO — One of two climbers attempting a grueling ascent up a half-mile of sheer granite in California's Yosemite National Park is making a push to catch up with his partner.

Thirty-year-old Kevin Jorgeson has been behind 36-year-old Tommy Caldwell for about a week as they try to scale El Capitan's Dawn Wall.

A spokeswoman says Jorgeson will try Monday to catch up with Caldwell at a rare ledge.

From there, it will be a push to the 3,000-foot summit, possibly by midweek.

On Friday, Jorgeson got past one of the most difficult stretches after days of failed attempts and waiting.

The climbers are two weeks into what is billed as the first free climb of Dawn Wall.

Free climb means the men only use ropes to prevent deadly falls.