American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

North America, United States, California, Yosemite Valley, El Capitan, Winds of Change, Second Ascent

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  • Publication Year: 1996

El Capitan, Winds of Change, Second Ascent. Grega Lajen and Iztok Mihev made a convoluted second ascent of Winds of Change (VI 5.10 A5) in six days in September. They spent three days fixing ropes on the first six pitches; after three days of rest, they started the final push. At the 10th belay they discovered they had lost all water when their haulbags burst. They rappeled to the ground, rested, then hiked to the top of El Cap. They rappeled down to the 10th belay and climbed the upper part of the route in one 20- hour push.

Franci Savenc, Planinski zveza Sloveniji

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