The Chris Mac's SUPERTOPO guidebook talks about belaying ~30ft higher out on the face above this corner where this photo is taken. This certainly offers the leader less rope drag, but Ryan was nice enough to let me "stand" on this small ledge, something my hips certainly appreciated.
As a result down-jugging the roof was one of the spicier and more physical big-wall following experiences I have ever had. I've jugged a lot of tricky-to-clean pitches, but these lower-outs were so long, I'd just lower back-out into space, pull the backside of my rope through the fixed piece and again jug free-hanging-in-space back up to the next piece, it was SUPER physical jugging and dare I say straight-up burly. I could certainly feel my biceps, particularly might right one when I reached the belay and was stoked that Ryan was leading the next pitch which had the reputation of being the crux of the route.
Hauling pitch nine was also very tricky with the portaledge open. We actually moved the bags/ledge and retied them into the middle of the haul line. Once in the middle of the line; I hauled hard while Ryan tensioned/lowered the bags out to keep the portaledge from getting even more destroyed on the slopping ledge below the pitch. While this took a fair amount of effort it was successful in keeping the ledge from getting trashed. We spend then spent night on pitch nine which was a nice place to camp for the night. There is a small 1+ foot deep ledge to help set the bags on and stand while getting things organized.