Number 11

by Luke Bauer Tommy Caldwell, continuing his historic Yosemite free-climbing sweep, has confirmed the first free ascent of El Capitan´s Magic Mushroom (V A3 5.7, ca. 2,900´, Burton-Sutton, 1972). He was joined on the climb by Justin Sjong, who, among other El Cap ticks, has freed Golden Gate (VI 5.13b, Huber-Huber, 2000), the Salathé Wall (VI 5.9 A2, Frost-Pratt-Robbins, 1961; FFA: 5.13b Piana-Skinner, 1988) and the Muir Wall (VI 5.9 A2, Chouinard-Herbert, 1965; FFA: 5.13c, Caldwell, 1995). The pair began up the route on May 12; it is believed they climbed it all free ground-up in a push. It is not yet clear whether both climbers freed every pitch. The free ascent marked the eleventh free climb Caldwell has done on El Cap.Full report and photos at the Alpinist Website. ( Source: Alpinist )