There are 4 pitches between pitch 16 and Wino Tower (one of the few ledge features on the Dawn Wall). These 4 pitches are a bit easier than the crux pitches that Tommy just climbed through, but they are still difficult and require Tommy and Kevin to be climbing really well to finish them. As Kevin rests his skin so he can finish pitch 15, it is important for Tommy to be able to keep climbing to keep his fitness up. Tommy and Kevin decided yesterday that while Kevin rested Tommy would attempt to climb up to Wino Tower. Last night Tommy was able to climb pitches 17 and 18, which are both mid 5.13 in difficulty. Tonight he will attempt to finish pitches 19 and 20. Once Tommy has completed these last two pitches to Wino Tower he will just focus on being support for Kevin while he tries to finish pitch 15 and work his way to catch back up to Tommy.
|Checking out the views after a snowstorm when I belayed Tommy on the Dawn Wall in 2011. Photo: Big UP Productions|
|2011 Portaledge selfie.|