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Kevin Jorgeson & Tommy Caldwell safely on the ground after the first 2010 winter storm in Yosemite, USA
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Mescalito, Caldwell and Jorgeson abandon El Capitan

21.11.2010 by Planetmountain

Due to a freak winter storm Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson have abandoned the Mescalito project on El Capitan in Yosemite.

"Full on white out conditions on el cap right now" was followed a day later by the nigh inevitable: "Big storm brings an early end to this season. Only one thing to do: keep training and return!"

This is how Kevin Jorgeson and Tommy Caldwell updated friends, family and the climbing world about their attempt on the Mescalito route on El Capitan in Yosemite and the latest twist of fate - an early season winter storm after having sent the first 12 pitches - has now dashed all hopes of an autumn free ascent.

Caldwell and Jorgeson are now safely on the ground and the duo, who must be applauded for their skill, determination and wise decision to back off, will no doubt return stronger and more motivated that ever. As soon as Yosemite removes its winter garb.

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