Day 3 of Kevin Jorgeson and Tommy Caldwell’s push up their proposed free line on El Capitan’s Dawn Wall is in the books.
When I last updated the team had just finished their first day which saw them finish the first 6 pitches. Day 2 (Sunday) began with Jorgeson lowering down to get a clean send of Pitch 6 (5.13c) which he had slipped high on the day before. With that cleaned up the duo began tackling Pitch 7, the route’s first 5.14 pitch.
In between trading burns with Caldwell on Pitch 7 Jorgeson sent me this audio update from the wall to let us know how things were going:
Fortunately the pitch went down next try for Jorgeson, and Caldwell was able to follow it clean shortly thereafter:
They then completed Pitch 8 by headlamp before calling it a night.
Yesterday (Monday) was an “active” rest day for the team as they sat out the heat of the day before polishing off Pitch 9 (5.13c) late in the day. This puts almost half the difficult pitches on the route behind them, however the upcoming pitches are the real meat of the route:
I’ll continue to provide recaps as events warrant, but here are some other ways to follow what is happening up on the wall:
And Jorgeson tweeted the following from the wall yesterday afternoon so keep the positive comments coming!