/ NEWS: Caldwell Abandons El Cap For This Year
The route is a difficult line linking the aid routes of Mescalito and Dawn Wall, which Caldwell and fellow American climber Kevin Jorgeson have been attempting to free climb for several years.
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"Time will tell whether I return. But regardless, this project has left me profoundly inspired. I will be back."
Slightly mixed messages there. Hope he is back, though.
Yip. Wood saw accident.
Back in 2001, below from Camp 4.
At his home in Estes Park, Colorado on November 29, Tommy Caldwell cut off his left index finger just above the middle knuckle. He was reported to be using a table saw in a home improvement project. Rock and Ice Magazine says, "Beth Rodden was at home with Caldwell and helped find and ice the severed tip before getting him to the hospital. Caldwell’s finger has since been reattached with pins, and he is making good progress. He is expected to return home from the hospital on December 7."
However, in the following week, Tommy made the decision to stop treatments to reattach his finger. The doctors said it would be a long process and he would never be able to use it in climbing. Caldwell and all those around him, believe it was the right move to make.
Some truly fantastic footage.
I like the type 1/type 2 fun thing too. I'd not heard that before. It's good!
It's Type 2 news i.e. not news at the moment but will be news in the future. UKC is always ahead of the curve.
I hope he goes back to complete the route. I think it's hard for most of us to realise just how difficult what he is doing really is.
Great job, good luck to Tommy.
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