El Corazon seemed to have been the El Cap free-route-of-the-year, with multiple attempts and many (7?) redpoint ascents over the last 12 months. Half of these ascents were upwards of two weeks on the wall, waiting out stormy weather! El Corazon is a major waterway for the cliff - rain gets funneled onto the obvious bivies and seeps out of the hardest pitches for a few days after. Jordan and I had gambled on a late season ascent, which may be quite hot, but ought to be dry, at least.
This was my third trip out to the valley for the spring season. Over the last year, I've come to learn that I don't crave "the hang" of climbing trips. I've reverted back to the in-and-out style of a past career lifestyle. Flagstaff is where I enjoy to resting and regrouping between ascents, much preferring the luxuries of time with my partner, home cliffs, community, and a fancy espresso machine to extended camping trips. My Prius V is the perfect tool for this tactic. Being one of the most fuel efficient vehicles that fits a full size bed, I can get 2.5 trips in before I hit the fuel expenditure of the same trip in a "tall white van".
In truth, our El Corazon ascent was slightly anticlimactic. Jordan and I had only roped up for cragging previously, but I knew him to be highly detail oriented. We were totally on the same page with wall efficiency tactics. Our Self Supported plan began with a one day stash mission to get our 300lb kit of bags up to Grey Ledges (1500' up), resting a day, and then casting off free climbing from the bottom for 7 more days. We'd catch up to our bags and then drag them to the summit while bringing camp with us. We'd both redpoint along the way, questing into 18 pitches of new terrain for the portions not shared with Golden Gate and Freerider. I was excited to try for a third free route having still never rapped in from the summit, hoping to keep this streak going as long as I can.