Alex Honnold and new Half Dome / Nose Link Record


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Chris McNamara

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Topic Author's Original Post - Jun 23, 2010 - 02:05am PT
Just got this email from Hans Florine:

TOO COOL! Alex was down and showered by 5pm today.

2:09 on Half Dome and 5:59 on The Nose.

He brought about a 30 ft cord on Half Dome and he brought a full 60 meter rope on The Nose, only used it getting to boot, for the king swing, and on the great roof.

Way to go Alex!


And there is a great report with photos by Tom Evans here

Jun 23, 2010 - 02:11am PT
wayne w

Trad climber
the nw
Jun 23, 2010 - 02:44am PT
Not a bad day Alex!

Sport climber
Austin, Texas
Jun 23, 2010 - 02:48am PT
holy smokes!! zehr gut!

Trad climber
Merced CA
Jun 23, 2010 - 02:48am PT
Crazy! Great sends and proud record for sure!

Social climber
El Portal Ca.
Jun 23, 2010 - 02:54am PT
-Just gotta love the guy; stout!
Karl Baba

Trad climber
Yosemite, Ca
Jun 23, 2010 - 02:54am PT
and we have threads here suggesting there is not a God!

Holy Alex My mind boggles

Wonder what the car to car time was. (not that Alex cared much cause he hung out with Tom for awhile, not like he had to race or anything!)



Trad climber
San Jose, CA
Jun 23, 2010 - 02:57am PT
Wow Alex. It's awesome seeing my generations greatest being ALL generations greatest.

Social climber
Newport, OR
Jun 23, 2010 - 03:07am PT
Bill Sherman

Mountain climber
Culver City, CA
Jun 23, 2010 - 03:12am PT
I'm pretty much blown away by this. 8 hours of total climbing for both of them.

Trad climber
Looking for love in all the right places...
Jun 23, 2010 - 03:14am PT
Jumpin' Jehosaphat! I'll be draggin' my jaw around on the floor for the next half hour....


Relic Hominid
Jun 23, 2010 - 04:26am PT
H-Bomb strikes again !!!

The New World Order is here now

Jun 23, 2010 - 07:52am PT
Well now, that's pretty damn impressive, especially since it just seemed to be a "fun" day for him (i.e., not really rushing or stressed).
High Fructose Corn Spirit

Gym climber
Full Silos of Iowa
Jun 23, 2010 - 09:58am PT
Wow. Astonishing achievement.

Anyone know his shoe size?

Big Wall climber
From Back to Big Wall Baby
Jun 23, 2010 - 10:02am PT

Way to Go Alex
Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Jun 23, 2010 - 10:10am PT
God, it's wonderful. Alex is now due more than a "golden piton" award; something more in line with a Nobel Prize for Climbing, I have to imagine. It's obviously insanely wonderful for him to climb at this level because vicariously for us from afar, it's pretty much "once-in-a-lifetime" joy just observing his works of imagination and power.

Social climber
Jun 23, 2010 - 10:19am PT
Thanks Chris for bringing this to my attention.

Great job to Alex.

Proud sends
Karl Baba

Trad climber
Yosemite, Ca
Jun 23, 2010 - 10:20am PT
Funny to see pictures of Alex. You might not think to single him out by looks to be one of the boldest, hard men in climbing history, but he's bad ass without having much "bad" in him!



Big Wall climber
So Cal
Jun 23, 2010 - 10:27am PT
Another amazing feat by Alex!

Stunning! The photos Tom Evans posted of Alex cruising unroped high on the Nose are amazing. Mind blowing stuff!
Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Jun 23, 2010 - 10:46am PT
I agree, Karl. Really a modern climber, isn't he! We are in the presence of a true and rare climbing genius, no question. And it is not a case of, "Modesty is the ability to call attention to whatever it is you are being humble about"--- he just is relaxed, really bright, and seems awesomely centered.

I really like how in an interview a few years ago, the subject developed that within his family down in Sacramento, he was typically kidded about looking like a cow, what with the big brown eyes. So I guess it's the Cow that Jumped Over The Moon, truth be told now.
Here are some more photos that reveal what a funny unassuming character he is, the first with his climbing partner Sean Leary:
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