Our intended climb of "The Shield" on El Cap did not go as I would have liked. On day 2 we decided to bail and go back down after spending a bivy up on the wall. Alex on his first lead took a couple of falls and found out that aid climbing is not as easy as it looks. I had my concerns from start, climbing a big route like this with someone with no El Cap experience has its downfalls, but I wanted to do the route badly enough that I thought we could manage. Alex was excited about climbing the Captain, but his lack of experience in the end made it not possible and possibly dangerous for him. Big wall climbing is a lot work and takes a lot of skill in not only climbing but the logistics of hauling and moving your gear up the wall from belay station to belay station...............for a team to be successful both need to know their jobs and do them automatically without thinking. Alex gained some valuable experience that will help in future climbs, while I still hunger to climb this route, I am now 0 for 2 on the Shield. As for whats next, I am thinking of heading to the high country after some rest days as it is getting warm again and will be hot for the next week in the valley.