29, 1999 - Day 11
sweeter the second time!" says Mark Wellman upon checking in at
five pitches up from Camp Six and some scrambling at the top,
Mark and Mike "Topped-out" at 8:00 this evening. Leaving behind
eleven days, ten nights and three thousand vertical feet of gleaming
granite the climbers were welcomed by friends and well-wishers
bearing the traditional champagne and celebratory congratulations.
of 4:30 this afternoon, Mark was feeling exuberant yet physically
taxed, his fingers a little numb, his forearms and upper body
tired from performing the over 6000 chin-ups that brought him
to the top of the world's highest cliff. His second wind was driving
him onward and there was no doubt of a glorious completion today.
Mike is elated, feeling energetic, terrific and happy having helped
make it possible for Mark to accomplish this feat. After fueling
up on canned tuna he was set to go, ready to complete the day's
the inimitable words and way of Mr. Warren Harding, "This is absolutely
11:45 PM the climbers checked in, having set up camp for the night
and feasting on fresh homemade chile prepared by one of the mule
team guides who will assist the guys on their trek out from the
top of El Capitan.
a good night's sleep, the pair will leave their overnight campsite,
Mark on horseback, Mike on foot, to the nearest campground, about
nine miles up trail, to pick up their ride to the Yosemite Valley
Floor. There, they will hold a press conference before heading
to the showers.
Please check in tomorrow for
more comments and pictures from the last moments on "The Rock".