|Submitted by Tom Evans on Fri, 06/22/2012 - 00:04|
ElCap Report 6/21/12
By Tom Evans
Yo… warm today but without the smoke of yesterday. The light was not the best today, nor was the action on the Cap, so this will be a brief report.
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Zodiac: The Korean Echo Climbing Club has three climbers on the route. They are Sung H Paik, Sung Won Yoo, and Wonku Cho. They returned to the top of the 2nd pitch they had fixed a few days ago and spent most of the time I was there climbing the 3rd pitch. Slow but colorful, is the operative phrase here!
Starting the 3rd pitch this morning.
Trip: The Extreme Team’s four members make a bright flash of color on the route today and were hauling to the top of the 8th as I left. They are moving along efficiently enough to stay on the route.
Straw: Mark and Cheyne topped out today but a porter shortage has left most of their kit on top.
Tempest: Erik Eriksson and Kate Robertson blasted today and will spend the remainder of the day moving kit up to their high fixing point.
Mescalito: This Extreme Team climbed the Seagull and were seen hauling as I departed at an early 2:15 this afternoon.
Stork ledge and the Korean team.
Seagull and leader.
The Spray Brothers bailed quietly, under cover of the darkness, late last night.
New Dawn: Pete’s show packed up and bailed yesterday, late in the afternoon.
Tribal: While in the immediate vicinity of much bailing, this team has been unaffected by the bad juju in the air. Jordan and Adam climbed from LLL to ECT while I was there. They will most likely fix as high as possible and bivy there. Looking good boys!
Adam leading high on the right side of ECT a pitch below the ledge.
Nose: All the teams from yesterday were spotted at Camp 4 or Camp 5 this morning and quickly climbed from view by afternoon.
Lower down a Korean Extreme Team crew climbed last evening to Dolt and made their way to the Jardine Traverse by afternoon. They are, Do Yong Lee, Jin Hyung Kim, Haug Sun Oh (a female climber). They didn’t look like they had the thing dialed but made good progress… so … looks can be deceiving.
Jardine Traverse on the Nose.
A few other teams are teams are jockeying for position down low and we will soon see who will emerge victorious.
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In other news: Both of the Mescalito Teams were down at the Bridge today to bask in the glory. I also received the rope, from JP that was dropped by the Colorado boys on the first day and mistakenly taken by Pete. Contact me John or Dan to make arrangements to get it back.
So that’s the way it is, for this Thursday, the 21st of June and longest day of 2012.