Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson are busy working on their Dawn Wall project. They talked to NPR’s Melissa Block from their ledges on Monday night.
Tommy Caldwell reported late Tuesday night that he’d sent the final 5.14 pitch. From Caldwell’s Facebook: “Tonight was definitely bittersweet. I managed to redpoint the final 5.14 pitch. Keven battled hard on pitch 15 late into the night but came away with another hole in his finger and no send. Tomorrow is a new day. Lets all send Kevin good skin healing vibes.”
The team is climbing at night because the daytime temps, despite being January, are too warm. To maximize friction, they are climbing by headlamp.
The weather looks great for the next few days starting on Wed. Jan. 7.
This means that Tommy has all but finished the route. Kevin is three or four pitches behind. The final pitches are 5.13c, 5.13a, 5.13c, 5.12, 5.11, 5.12, 5.12, 5.12, 5.11, 5.12, 5.12, 5.12 and 5.12. With a good forecast, Caldwell should finish the route within day.