Yesterday, amid scattered showers in Yosemite Valley, 23-year-old climbing phenom Adam Ondra made the second free ascent of the Dawn Wall on El Capitan after an eight-day push.
Crazy weather! Despite all the negative forecasts, it has not rained until now! We could have climbed the part above the Wino Tower at least two times since 6 PM yesterday when I got there. Weather forecasts do not seem to be very precise. Does not matter, we are taking good rest and wait for tomorrow. In the meantime, check out the detailed report of yesterday on @blackdiamond account. It will answer some of your questions whether I did the Loop or Dyno. Photo @pavelblazek @mytendon @lasportivagram #Montura #Yosemite #elcapitan #Dawnwall
Made it to the Wino tower tonight! Deep satisfaction, peace and fire at the same time in my heart and soul. Perfect conditions today and perfect focus. That means only 11 "easy" (5.10 – 5.12) pitches left. We would have continued, but looks like it will rain soon. Which means forced restday tomorrow and hopefully finishing it off on Monday. Detailed report on @blackdiamond and @mytendon soon. Photo @pavelblazek #montura @gardatrentino @lasportivagram #elcapitan #Dawnwall #yosemite
On cloud nine! It has been magical evening. I was focused and calm. The mindset when climbing is actually fun! Sent the pitch 14 (5.14d) on my first go after a little warm up. Then, after it got dark and having heartbraking fall on the top of pitch 15 (5.14c or d), I could still give it one more shot and send it too. Skin feels to painful to continue tonight, but I will continue tomorrow! Pic by @pavelblazek @blackdiamond @mytendon #montura @lasportivagram @gardatrentino #elcapitan #yosemite #dawnwall
Dawn Wall is so smooth and blank. Incredible that it goes. So much respect for @tommycaldwell and @kjorgeson ! The longer I have spent on the wall, the less intimidating it feels. Does not feel like home yet, but the exposure and insecurity of climbing cease to be a problem… Hopefully, it will not turn for worse again tomorrow. Anyway, big shout out @jorgverhoeven for crushing Dihedral Wall! Amazing performance in less than ideal conditions!
Topping out Dawn Wall (not redpointed yet though!). But I checked out the whole route, I need to work more on the lower pitches and hopefully give the whole thing a try to do it in one push soon! Tonight back at the pitch 14 (1st crux traverse)! Photo #Heinzzak @blackdiamond @mytendon #Montura @lasportivagram #Yosemite #elcap #dawnwall
During his first trip to Yosemite Valley, California, Adam Ondra wastes no time and for his first Valley bigwall he jumps right on the 32-pitch El Cap route, the Dawn Wall—the hardest bigwall route in the world. The 23-year-old Czech climber has made quick progress so far, dispatching the lower pitches to reach the top of pitch 10, below the crux pitches of the climb.
“First day on the big wall in Yosemite, and straight onto the Dawn Wall! Foolishness, lack of respect or boldness?” Ondra told Black Diamond Equipment on Monday. “Well, not necessarily any of it. The Dawn Wall just dries up quickly after the huge rain on Sunday.”