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Gym climber
Topic Author's Original Post - Apr 25, 2013 - 11:53pm PT
I pitched off a small bulge after breaking some inopportune holds and managed to self-arrest on a small tree smashing my knee and impaling one arm.

'Pass the Pitons' Pete

Big Wall climber
like Ontario, Canada, eh?
Apr 26, 2013 - 12:16am PT
Wow, so much to say to Alex, so much. But not here. Well, just a bit:

Great send. Talk to you on the bridge, buddy, or see you on the wall. I'll be the guy in the portaledge with the pigs you pass.

I still have your flash drive, gotta remember to load it with the photos of your mom in the Meadows during your Nose speed record, and give it back to you - sheesh.

You can write me through this website or catch me via Facebook.

Cheers, mate.
I'm in Yosemite towards the end of May.

Stair climber, lost, far away from Poland
Apr 26, 2013 - 12:52am PT
He is such a great climber. Unfortunately he is not appreciated enough and it apparently affects him. I hope he is not trying to out do himself. Just thinking about somebody free soloing .12 face scares me. Holds do break, even if you are Honnold.
Big Mike

Trad climber
Apr 26, 2013 - 01:12am PT
Sick send Alex! Don't worry about the mags. Remember why you started climbing.
Peter Haan

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, CA
Apr 26, 2013 - 01:15am PT
Khanom, Alex is not playing his tiny violin here, please. He is merely pointing out that a much more radical achievement ended up being much more obscure; it's a sardonic view on mass media, is all. Imagine what his life is like now. It must at times approach “The Gong Show” of his loathing and here again, he sees more of the absurdity that surely surrounds us all.

He is a good writer and I bet a great one soon. And he is so prolific too and easy with it.

We are awfully lucky to have this man bringing back the bacon for us, as we say in the USA, and he is writing about it frequently as well. How effing often has that happened? Usually our best climbing talents are locked away in their personal quandries and endless OCD loops. Take a look at most of the blogs, last posts are years old and a big silence anyway. Here suddenly in the last bunch of years we have someone so brilliant and clear that he can even write today about what he has been doing today and in a really sharing manner and Johnny on the spot!!. Hallelujah!

Trad climber
Apr 26, 2013 - 01:33am PT
Great climbs, inconceivable really to this aging 5.9 tradster but....

not to be the naysayer, but in my experience, one's guardian angel (oops) abandons people in their mid 20s. Then you're on your own. Be careful and go slow. No need to rush.

And my daughter has a crush on you. She'll be real bummed if anything happens / like falling going up, instead of coming down. ha
Peter Haan

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, CA
Apr 26, 2013 - 01:34am PT
True enough Rocker. Meanwhile: Guardian Angel

Trad climber
the tip of god's middle finger
Apr 26, 2013 - 04:49am PT
wow. good read.

Apr 26, 2013 - 05:44am PT
Climbing is not something that has to be done.


Apr 26, 2013 - 06:34am PT

what's left unwritten is heavy.

the objective numbers are mind bogglingly heavy.

and in its own small way, whether there might be an insatiable collective siren, that i and we make individual granular contributions to, is also heavy.
patrick compton

Trad climber
Apr 26, 2013 - 10:16am PT
chasing the dragon.

Trad climber
The Circuit, Tonasket WA
Apr 26, 2013 - 10:24am PT
Stellar read, incredible accomplishment!

jstan: would you have thought that in your 20's?

Trad climber
Apr 26, 2013 - 10:25am PT
what strikes me is how close he comes to the line, but maybe all free soloing is closer than we recognize or admit
John Mac

Trad climber
Littleton, CO
Apr 26, 2013 - 12:17pm PT
Me too. I alway thought that he wouldn't even have to think about getting the sequence right ...

Trad climber
New Mexico
Apr 26, 2013 - 12:22pm PT
badass ... hanging out on the monkeyfinger black corner pitch figuring out the moves, in the hot sun, with no rope, has got to be exciting, even for Honnold.

Trad climber
The great state of advaita
Apr 26, 2013 - 01:58pm PT
I like his spirit and forthrightness. That is one pretty amazing day and he's got some writing ability that has potential for sure.

Heck, just the 20 miles of running in that terrain (much downhill) is a feat unto itself.

The guy is just 27 or so. It's interesting to watch him grow and evolve.


Boulder climber
Apr 26, 2013 - 02:10pm PT
I could write several different essays about the day; it’s given me a ton to think about. One would be how funny it is that climbing media didn’t even touch the story and that no one seems to care about it. oloing Astroman and the Rostrum in 2007 generated all kinds of news and video bits. This Zion link up, which is infinitely harder and more cutting edge, doesn’t get mentioned.

Once your minds blown, its blown!

between the flat part and the blue wobbly thing
Apr 26, 2013 - 02:56pm PT
My take on the article:
Alex is playing Russian Roulette, which is his right. Consumers of climbing porn (including myself) are egging him on.

Trad climber
El Dorado Hills, CA
Apr 26, 2013 - 02:58pm PT
Dude is the new KING.

He's better at this shite than all of us.

He makes the sidelines a real spectators view.

Apr 26, 2013 - 05:47pm PT
That bit about stalling on the Black Corner crux of Monkeyfinger, f*#k that's grim.

the ultimate solo
is the one you
don't tell anybody about

Until you tell someone about it and then the solo itself becomes less ultimate how?

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