Good Weather, Big Sends and Pushes in Yosemite
Climbers have been busy in Yosemite and with good weather, a number of sends have gone down. Katharina Saurwein and Jorg Verhoeven sent the nine-pitch Final Frontier 5.13b on Fifi Buttress. The first free ascent of the 1999 route was in 2013 by Nik Berry and James Lucas. Nina Williams also sent the hard line this fall.
Wohooo! I finished my project of this Yosemite trip today! So happy about it 😀 Final Frontier 5.13b (8a) on Fifi Buttress took all I have, although everything went smooth, I took no falls and got scared only once! Now it's @jorgverhoeven's turn on Dihedral wall, on which I'll support him as good as I can. Looking forward to some hot days on the wall and some chill nights on a portaledge 😎 Pic by @jonglassberg @lasportivagram @marmot_mountain_europe @petzl_official #yosemite #climbing #rockclimbing #adventure
Verhoeven is now working to free the 25-pitch Dihedral Wall 5.14, which was first sent by Tommy Caldwell in 2004. Verhoeven sent The Nose 5.14 in 2014. Jacopo Larcher and Barbara Zangerl are attempting the Zodiac Wall in a push after working out the cruxes. Alex and Thomas Huber made the first free ascent in 203 and Caldwell has made the only other free ascent.
It's on!! I'm giving Dihedral Wall a free push (since I'm kinda running out of time) so let the battle begin! Thanks a lot to @dustin.007 (📷) for helping on the wall; after quite a rough preparation @katha_saurwein and @jonglassberg will be supporting me on the wall, so let's hope that first crux pitch doesn't stop me straight away… @marmot_mountain_europe @lasportivagram @petzl_official #yosemite #elcapitan
Adam Ondra is getting ready to make his free push up the Dawn Wall after nearly a month in the valley. He has linked many of the cruxes, watch the clip below by clicking on it.