Just a heads-up to any of Tommy Caldwell’s pals trying to reach him on his cell phone to congratulate him – and fellow rock jock Kevin Jorgeson – on their history-making ascent of El Capitan’s Dawn Wall in Yosemite National Park, billed as the “world’s toughest climb.”
“I dropped my iPhone halfway through our climb,” a raspy-voiced Caldwell tells PEOPLE. “It fell about 1,200 feet. It didn’t survive, but some of my friends found it at the base of the wall and put it in my van.”
Not that he’s complaining about his forced respite from technology.