Tommy Caldwell has bagged pitch 16, now dubbed the “Loop Pitch.”
“It was a full on battle with a 13+ or 5.14 down climb,” posted Caldwell on Facebook.
The new pitch 16 variation skirts around the infamous sideways dyno, which ultimately proved too low percentage for Caldwell. However, with difficulties up to 5.14a, the variation still ranks as one of the harder pitches on the Dawn Wall.
According to reports, Jorgeson was extremely close to sending pitch 15 – the second 5.14 traverse – on his last attempt, but came up short due to the tape on he had to wear on two key fingers because of damaged skin. Jorgeson is currently taking one more rest day before he resumes battle with pitch 15.