- Accomplished big-wall free climber, recognized as one of the best in the world
- Notably completed the historic first free ascent of El Capitan’s Dawn Wall in Yosemite alongside Tommy Caldwell, considered the hardest climb in the world
- Featured in every major news outlet, including The New York Times, National Geographic, TIME, Vanity Fair, Good Morning America, CNN, ESPN, and more
- Duracell commercial that featured Kevin’s story went viral with 16 million views
Kevin Jorgeson is widely recognized as one of the best big-wall rock climbers in the world, well known for being able to free climb sheer cliffs and high ball large boulders.
After a seven-year quest to find a way to free climb the steepest, blankest face of Yosemite’s monolithic El Capitan, Kevin, along with partner Tommy Caldwell, finally stood atop the Dawn Wall with the world watching. Even President Barack Obama was moved by their 19-day climb, stating, “You remind us that anything is possible.”
To accomplish the seemingly impossible feat, Kevin and Tommy spent 19 days living on the side of the 3,000 foot cliff of El Capitan, slowly but surely making their way with nothing but their grit, determination, and first class skill keeping them moving upward. The story became a global inspiration, garnering over 34 billion media impressions, and was covered by every major news outlet, including The New York Times, National Geographic, TIME, Vanity Fair, Good Morning America, CNN, ESPN, and more.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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