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James

climber
My twin brother's laundry room
Topic Author's Original Post - Nov 2, 2010 - 09:01am PT
Yesterday, Nov 1 2010, Alex Honnold, 25, and Will Stanhope, a pup faced 24, hiked to the South face of Yosemite's Half Dome. In a true wildnerness experience, the pair of climbers saw no one on the trail. Around 7 am the pair began climbing Southern Belle (5.12dR). The route is notorious for the scary and difficult climbing. Hank Caylor broke his legs on an attempt. Dean Potter and Leo Houlding made the second ascent. Supposedly, Potter was nauseous from fright while leading one of the upper pitches.

Honnold, who's boldness includes free solo ascents of Yosemite's Higher Cathedral Rock The Crucifix (5.12b) and the Regular Northwest Face of Half Dome (5.12b), "It was stimulating-parts of it were just down right mundane. It's definitely not death- but it's easy to get off route. I could see how Hank broke his legs." The pair made a team free ascent- swinging leads. Honnold had no falls. Stanhope fell toproping the fourth pitch. Stanhope tried again and unleashed his Canadian Fury, crimping down on the unchalked version of Blue Suede Shoes. On the summit, they were overcome by dehydration and drank out of the puddles of water on top.


To all the aspiring Supertopo climbers who want to climb the route, Honnold said, "It's just like Snake Dike but more extreme."
fattrad

Mountain climber
GOP Convention
Nov 2, 2010 - 09:04am PT
Congrats to Alex and Will!!!!!!1111666

Thanks for the report James.



The evil one
Port

Trad climber
San Diego
Nov 2, 2010 - 09:14am PT
wow.....
elcap-pics

Big Wall climber
Crestline CA
Nov 2, 2010 - 09:16am PT
Fun stuff! Good work lads!
matty

Trad climber
los arbor
Nov 2, 2010 - 09:23am PT
parts of it were just down right mundane

zzzzzz-guess I'll pass on the fourth, sounds boring, I'm looking for something that will keep me interested.
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Nov 2, 2010 - 09:34am PT
That is awsome. They gonna go back and do the rest of those routes. Sounds like those two are growing up strong.
GDavis

Social climber
SOL CAL
Nov 2, 2010 - 09:37am PT
what the...
TKingsbury

Trad climber
MT
Nov 2, 2010 - 09:38am PT
wowza
philo

Trad climber
Somewhere halfway over the rainbow
Nov 2, 2010 - 09:39am PT
To all the aspiring Supertopo climbers who want to climb the route, Honnold said, "It's just like Snake Dike but more extreme."


Woo Hoo if your name is Honnold.
survival

Big Wall climber
A Token of My Extreme
Nov 2, 2010 - 09:40am PT
No good without pics.

No one on the trail? No pics? No proof?

I understand. Why just last week when I did the first free solo of Mescalito, I didn't see anyone either. My damn camera was broken too.....
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
Come on in boys, the water's fine!
Nov 2, 2010 - 09:40am PT
Meet the New Boss.

He's different then the Old Boss.

DMT
Bad Climber

climber
Nov 2, 2010 - 09:41am PT
As with the late, great Alex Lowe, Honnold cannot be trusted. If he says, "No big deal," assume mere mortals should stay away.

That said, I'll say this: Well done!

BAd
Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Nov 2, 2010 - 09:42am PT
ron gomez

Trad climber
fallbrook,ca
Nov 2, 2010 - 09:43am PT
Pretty cool! so I've done Snake Dike....southern belle?????
Peace
TKingsbury

Trad climber
MT
Nov 2, 2010 - 09:46am PT
from Will Stanhope's facebook page:


"Attempt #1 on the gorgeous Southern Belle with Honn-bold. Pitch 5. Micro-wires forever."
426

climber
Buzzard Point, TN
Nov 2, 2010 - 09:54am PT
Good on them! Seeeeck...
Bldrjac

Ice climber
Boulder
Nov 2, 2010 - 10:11am PT
WOw! That is so cool! I'm inspired to go do the NOSE free.
I heard it's just like Pillar of Frenzy, just more difficult.
Gotta love the fun these younger climbers have. Good on 'em.
Doug Robinson

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Nov 2, 2010 - 10:15am PT
Congrats Boys!

You Sooo Bad.

Headed for Snake Dike Thursday. But hmmm....
Studly

Trad climber
WA
Nov 2, 2010 - 10:17am PT
Way to send Alex and Will! Inspiring to say the least..
ydpl8s

Trad climber
Santa Monica, California
Nov 2, 2010 - 10:18am PT
Jesus!!! I think it's time for Alex to free the compressor route on Cerro Torre - blindfolded! Has anybody checked his DNA, did his parents come from Roswell?

Impressive!
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