Despite Yosemite being closed due to a government lock-down, there is big news in the valley. Chris Sharma is joining the Tommy Caldwell, Kevin Jorgeson, and Jonathan Siegrist for another attempt on the Dawn Wall. The route climbs the steepest section of El Capitan, meandering around Mescalito. Caldwell began projecting the wall in 2007 and the others have joined along the way, most of the route has been free climbed, except for the middle traverse pitches.
Libby Sauter and Mayan Smith-Gobat have set a new female speed record for the Nose of El Capitan. They climbed the route in 5-hours and 39-minutes on September 29. The old record was 7-hours and 26-minutes, set by Smith-Gobat and Chantel Astorga last year. Any attempts at breaking records will have to wait until Yosemite re-opens.