Ontario big-wall climber Peter Zabrok and U.K. climber Sean Warren have made the second ascent of Adrift on El Cap, 27 years after the first ascent.
The Adrift ascent was not only one of the most important of the season, perhaps second to Alex Honnold’s Freerider free-solo, but it was Ontario climber Zabrok’s 57th lap of El Cap. At age 57, he has now climbed his age in El Cap routes. He has now spent 717 nights on the side of El Cap.
Honnold went to the top of El Cap to meet Zabrok and Warren after their climb.
In 1994, now-Tasmania-based Paul Pritchard and American Steve Quinlan made the first ascent of Adrift, a grade-six 1,000-metre 5.11 A3+ left of Early Morning Light Wall.
Zabrok and Warren used free and aid techniques to repeat the steep route that did not have an up-to-date topo.
Warren took a 10-metre fall when a block pulled off pulling a mantel high on the wall. Look for more on Zabrok and this ascent in the August/September issue of Gripped magazine.