E leading on the Second Ascent of Winds of Change, right next door to Wings of Steel, but definitely not as hard!
I brought up my little piano and Jacob Raab brought his flugelhorn for a Big Wall Jazz Jam. Plenty of folks heard us playing John Coltrane and Thelonius Monk from all over the wall, and right down to the Meadows and Bridge.
E. leading around the left side of the Pinnacle of Hammerdom while Neil belays - quite a terrifying place. A few days earlier, we got a minute or two of a "rain of sand", exactly what happened the year before on Waterfall Route before the big rockfall.
The route traverses up and left to the base of the Pinnacle, so we figured we'd be safe. It turns out the WHOLE Pinnacle of Hammerdom is QUITE expando - the crack on the left that Erik is leading was a fist crack in the afternoon sun, but three hours later after the rock cooled, it closed down into a hand crack, crushing two of our Camalots which we could NOT get out!
The entire feature is over two hundred feet high - one wonders how much longer it will remain attached. I would definitely recommend avoiding that area....
Winds of Change is actually a decent route - we enjoyed our time up there.
WoC is certainly more "climbable" for mere mortals like myself than Wings of Steel. The hooking on Wings of Steel is way above my pay grade - I backed off as it is way way WAY too hard for me. I simply cannot put myself in the situation where 30- to 50-foot falls are not merely a possibility, but a certainty. No thanks!