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?