Hearing from Tommy that he finished pitches 19 & 20 tonight and stepped onto Wino Tower having free climbed all of the 5.13-5.14 pitches below him finally allowed me to take a little breath. I've mostly kept my feelings about this attempt locked in a box. I didn't know what was going to happen...even after the hard 12, 14, 15, and 16th pitches. Wino was the place that I felt if he made it that far...this thing would be possible. I didn't realize he felt the same way, too. He stood atop Wino Tower with tears in his own eyes tonight. This journey isn't over yet, but we can start to see what it might look like standing on top of this route...and it's beautiful.
Tommy will now go down and be support for Kevin as he works some more on pitch 15. Good luck to Kevin - thankful for all of his support to Tommy. You've got this!! And congratulations on getting this far, baby. I'm so proud of you.
|A kiss after Tommy topped out on the sea cliffs of Malta. Photo: Corey Rich|