The team of PtPP, Blueblocr and Andre Kovacs have completed repairs of WOEML.
Top of P2, smashed bolts could not be removed. Crowbar will be required. We found other newer bolts perhaps fifteen feet higher, exactly 200' to ground.
P8 leftward rising traverse, four new 1/4" button head rivets replaced chopped ones and connect to Mescalito - PtPP.
P12 - just past Reticent Wall crossover, two rivets required to pass chopped section on leftward rising traverse just before 12 - BB.
Repairs were less onerous than feared, though the discomfort of drilling a rivet ladder could not be overstated!
Harding's original aluminum rivets are actually in excellent shape for the most part. 90% of them will accept a number two Donny rivet hanger, and only 10% require a number one hanger.
On a few of the anchors, we removed old quarter-inch bolts and replaced with new 3/8 in using the same holes.
We are left continually scratching our heads regarding Warren Harding's route choice. We don't understand why he didn't follow the natural line of Mescalito. Obviously he was heading for the upper dihedrals where we now are, and where New Dawn enters. But we still don't get why he went the way he did. Maybe he fancied himself a Comici and followed the path of the falling water droplet?
Anyway, if the route choice is not all that natural, the route is certainly worth climbing, for its historical value and also the really cool aluminum rivets. The rivets seemed spooky at first, but after a few Clips felt totally bomber.
Now if only the granite of El Capitan - which is constantly falling off everywhere -felt as bomber as Harding's ancient rivets! Ha!