For those of you who aren't familiar with big wall lingo, I will try and describe it as best I can, and feel free to correct me if I'm off! So this climb on El Capitan that they are trying to do is their "project", which is still nameless I believe. The climb consists of 33 pitches, I think. Give or take a pitch. A pitch is the climbing from one belay to the next, which are typically around a rope's length. The belay spots are anchors either bolted into the rock, or made with their climbing gear.
Just in...Kevin decided to wait until tomorrow to try pitch 6 again.
Okay...back to the lingo. A belayer is someone who is feeding out rope or taking in slack for the person climbing. The rope is going through a device that uses friction to help decrease the amount of strength needed to stop the rope from feeding through. The guys are free climbing, so they use ropes and pieces of climbing gear that they place into cracks in the rock to clip the rope into to protect themselves as they climb. How it works for them to successfully climb this route is that they each need to climb each pitch in order from ground to summit, completing the pitches without a fall. So before they could move on from pitch 5 to 6, they both need to climb pitch 5 without falling. They can fall as many times as it takes, but after each fall they need to start over from the bottom of the pitch, and then complete it without falling. Does that make sense? I don't think I would handle that very well. So much pressure!! You could have climbed the whole pitch perfectly and JUST before getting to the next set of anchors (belay spot/end of pitch) you could slip and fall and have to do it ALL OVER AGAIN! Yikes!
These are the guys to do it though! Go guys!! Tomorrow is going to be another big day!
|Organizing the wall food. That pile is not even all of the food!|
|Lots of wall food!!|
|Tommy flaking the tag line at the base.|
|Kevin checking out the water on pitch 1 and 2.|
|Kevin starting up pitch one!|
|Tommy leading up pitch 2.|