27, 1999 - Day 9
an early start and four pitches, Mark and Mike achieved their
goal today, reaching Camp 5 at 9:15pm. Very weary and with fatigued
forearms, Mark stated that he and Mike felt exhilarated and pleased
to have reached their day nine destination.
"We are both in very high spirits, and plan on reaching the summit
in two days" quoted Mike, as he had just completed hauling up
their gear on the final pitch.
"I think I'll hike up to the top on Thursday. Those two look like
they need a little instruction in their hauling techniques," stated
Warren Harding , as he sat in the El Cap meadow viewing Mark and
Mike from his binoculars. Recovering from his own latest climbing
accident, Warren sat from below enjoying the well known and spectacular
views above, "I was at a book signing and consulting some eager
and enthusiastic climbers when the next thing I knew, I had tumbled
down at least three and a half feet to the ground, directly off
my bar stool. The recovery is going quite well.