Several athletes were tied for first as they began the final climb. The elite climbers faced off in three events, testing their speed as well as their problem-solving.
For decades, Uluru's indigenous keepers have watched as visitors tried to scale the massive rock formation that they consider holy. But that's set to change Saturday, when the ban will take effect.
Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson were the first to free climb to the top of the southeastern face of Yosemite's El Capitan. "It's as sheer and as vertical as the side of a skyscraper," Jorgeson says.
A man who has climbed many of the world's tallest buildings has done it again, this time in London.
The feat has been compared to the four-minute mile or a two-hour marathon — "but vertically," one climber adds. Still, they beat the impossibly steep odds Wednesday in California's Yosemite Valley.
Also this week: a conversation between U.S. and Chinese sailors about pizza and wings (among other everyday topics).
American Sasha DiGiulian is posting vertigo-inducing updates to social media as she scales the north face of Mount Eiger, an infamous Swiss peak.