13 December 2009
From November 30 Kevin's report in Black Diamond site:
"After two months of work, we are certain that the route is possible. We have figured out exactly where the route goes (not as easy as it sounds), done all but 2 or 3 moves and have stuck the dyno. After this season, I think we both feel a lot better about the project.
It's nice to KNOW what you are getting into to. Since the last dispatch, we have spent several days working very hard on the pitches that connect the Molar Traverse on Mescalito to the dihedrals on the New Dawn Wall. With 200' of dead vertical, super hard, right to left traversing, it's easily the most technical section of the route.
It's crazy that the crux of this route is, literally, right in the middle of El Cap! Such an amazing location. If I had to describe these pitches in one word, I would say: intimidating. They are intimidating for their location (you're in the middle of the freaking sky), their difficulty (Tommy calls them perhaps the hardest pitches of his life), and their sustained nature (when you leave the belay, you know you are going to be fighting for it for at least half an hour).
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