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Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Topic Author's Original Post - May 12, 2010 - 02:00pm PT
Our man Alex Honnold has recently soloed unroped Rainbow Wall (Original Route 5.12b) and Prince of Darkness (5.10c) in Black Velvet Canyon then down soloed Dream of Wild Turkeys (5.10a) to reach the ground.

Rainbow Wall Original Route



Prince of Darkness (pink) and Dream of Wild Turkeys (red)

Norwegian

Trad climber
Placerville, California
May 12, 2010 - 02:02pm PT
props,
this fella should try walking on water.
Prod

Trad climber
Dodge Sprinter Dreaming
May 12, 2010 - 02:09pm PT
All in a day?

You messing with us Peter?

Prod.
Karl Baba

Trad climber
Yosemite, Ca
May 12, 2010 - 02:13pm PT
Pretty rad

What would walking on water be rated? Salt water is at least a number grade easier! and the Gulf of Mexico is now two letter grades easier than fresh water

PEace

karl
Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Topic Author's Reply - May 12, 2010 - 02:18pm PT
Not at all Prod. I am a fan of Alex, have met him, and do watch his fascinating career the best I can.

This info just came through to me via an email news item from climbingnarc@gmail.com and the actual site, http://climbingnarc.com/ will have it up soon I imagine too. I get email news from this group almost every day and do recommend subscribing (free).
Binks

climber
Uranus
May 12, 2010 - 02:28pm PT
That must have been fun. What a beautiful wall it is.
Roxy

Trad climber
CA Central Coast
May 12, 2010 - 02:35pm PT
Wow!
The Alpine

Big Wall climber
May 12, 2010 - 02:37pm PT
The dude has soloed all of my projects.
Prod

Trad climber
Dodge Sprinter Dreaming
May 12, 2010 - 02:38pm PT
No way could it have been a push in a day? Was it?

Guess I could click on the link and find out myself...

Prod.
Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Topic Author's Reply - May 12, 2010 - 02:40pm PT
Prod, it was a day, apparently. Remember this guy has done the Salathe in 8 hours, free (with a partner--- Leary I think).
cowpoke

climber
May 12, 2010 - 02:44pm PT
downclimbing that sandy crux move on Dream of Wild Turkeys would be freaky, at least for mere mortals. I was happy to get it on the way up...with a rope.

wow.
brotherbbock

Trad climber
Alta Loma, CA
May 12, 2010 - 02:48pm PT
That bastard!!!!!

Rainbow wall is on my project list!!!
DanaB

climber
Philadelphia
May 12, 2010 - 02:57pm PT
The rock on Dream and Prince is almost all very solid, but there are a few sections of smearing that would be unnerving - to say the least - to do unroped - especially going down.
truclimber

Trad climber
Nevada/Washington
May 12, 2010 - 02:57pm PT
I already did that, climbing upside down with my feet above me the whole time. ;)


karodrinker

Trad climber
San Jose, CA
May 12, 2010 - 03:01pm PT
Long live Alex Honnold. Another amazing send by a super nice dude!
HighDesertDJ

Trad climber
Arid-zona
May 12, 2010 - 03:03pm PT
Downclimbed Dreams of Wild Turkeys. That's friggin hilarious.
rgold

Trad climber
Poughkeepsie, NY
May 12, 2010 - 03:13pm PT
I fell off the crux friction moves on DOWT when a cam on my rack got hooked on my pant cuff during a high step. (The details, plus several shots of what Alex down-soloed, are in http://www.supertopo.com/tr/A-Week-in-Red-Rock-151-A-Photo-Essay/t371n.html);

Now I see that the real problem was that I was carrying gear at all.
Burt

Big Wall climber
Las Vegas, Nv
May 12, 2010 - 03:37pm PT
having done all 3 routes, this just makes me sick. The cruxes on The rainbow are very insecure (at least I thought so) man that is a real talent... El Cap is looking more and more doable for the guy huh?
'Pass the Pitons' Pete

Big Wall climber
like Ontario, Canada, eh?
May 12, 2010 - 03:43pm PT
Nice work, Alex. See you on the bridge end of next week if you're around, eh?
yo

climber
a tied-off Tomahawk™
May 12, 2010 - 04:09pm PT
In your face Drummond.
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