Well, when we last checked in with Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson’s effort to free their line up El Capitan’s Dawn Wall on Friday I mentioned that there was a good chance that the weather could chase them from the wall, and unfortunately that’s exactly what happened late Friday night. Facing an uncertain level of safety if they remained on the wall and an unknown amount of time spent waiting for the route to become climbable again once the storm finished, the pair made the difficult decision to come down and pack things up for the season.
The pair’s highpoint on the route ended up being Pitch 11, although Calwell did successfully climb Pitch 12 before they had to stop climbing.
Dawn Wall Project topo – Team Free highpiont was Pitch 11
In case you were wondering what Yosemite looked like after the storm check out Alex Savage’s latest blog entry. Alex drove clear across the country to boulder in Yosemite, and only a few days into his stay he woke up to this in Camp 4: