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Free West Face of El Cap?

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Conor Clarke · · Yosemite · Joined Apr 2013 · Points: 642

Hi all,

Has anyone freed the West Face of El Cap recently?  Perhaps in the last year or so?  I’ve heard anecdotal reports that something broke off the first pitch.  I went up there last weekend and found that pitch implausible for 11b/c -- it still goes at 5.10 A0 or thereabouts, but the free moves felt much harder than anything else I've tried of a similar grade.  I’ve heard 5.12 thrown out, but I don’t know anyone who’s actually confirmed that (or the breakage) first hand.  Can anyone who’s done a recent free ascent report on the current difficulty?  Maybe I’m just bad at granite slabs . . .  

As a side note, I saw at least one shiny new bolt on the steep features to the right of that first pitch -- perhaps a new path in the works?



Conor Clarke · · Yosemite · Joined Apr 2013 · Points: 642

Giving this a Hail Mary bump.  No one's out there sending the West Face?  It would be a bummer if this thing no longer went free.

Fan Yang · · San Diego · Joined Jun 2011 · Points: 138

climbed it last winter (november 2018) and it was fine as it was. 

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