Jacob Cook and Robbie Phillips have repeated El Niño 5.13c (8a+) on El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. This bold 30-pitch route was first climbed by the Huber Brothers back in 1998.
Despite a few failed attempts due to poor weather, the pair eventually managed to complete the climb, spending almost one week on the wall.
Robbie told UKC:
"Just sending you a wee update from Yosemite - Jacob Cook and I just managed to free "El Nino" (5.13c) on El Capitan. It was my first big wall on granite and my first route on El Cap - it's been a hard lesson this granite shizzle! It's Jacob's 4th trip to the valley but the first attempt at "El Nino" and we both freed every pitch."
British climbers Leo Houlding and Patch Hammond made the second ascent in very good style - coming close to flashing the route - shortly after the Huber Brothers had freed the line in 1998. James McHaffie and Dan McManus made the second British repeat in May 2014 (UKC News Report).
Stay tuned for a full account of the ascent from Jacob and Robbie...