Astroman Free Solo


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A tent in the redwoods
Topic Author's Original Post - Sep 25, 2007 - 05:02pm PT
Last week, (Wednesday I think-which ever day NPS did the big controlled burn in the Valley) Alex Honold free soloed Astroman. Honold climbed the route doing the boulder problem pitch as well as the 11b variation higher. Later in the day he soloed the Regular North Face of the Rostrum using the unprotected 5.10 variation at the second pitch (there was a party on the 11a) Honold has also onsight free-soloed Pipeline (A Squamish Offwidth testpiece), the Lighning Bolt Cracks on the North Six Shooter, and soloed Chud a 13a at Rifle.

Just wanted to send some props out to Alex. He's pretty modest so I figured I'd spray for him. Good job man.

Gym climber
Otto, NC
Sep 25, 2007 - 05:05pm PT
What a day! (wiping palms on pant legs)


Trad climber
Sep 25, 2007 - 05:13pm PT
Wow freaking impressive.

Lightning bolt.... mmmm.... just to do that on a ROPE is dreamy enough. Isn't that the route Ozturk did on one of mortimers movies onsight-solo? Pretty much the most badass style you can climb on. Wonder if he's going to get on Schultz ridge :)

right here, right now
Sep 25, 2007 - 05:41pm PT
Neat stuff.
I wonder how many people have done that cordless.
There is a soft-spoken guy out here in Colorado that did it; I've met him, but I forget his name, maybe Cameron.

someplace in-between
Sep 25, 2007 - 06:54pm PT
Nice Alex! Way to go man. Thanks for the update James. When are you coming up here. Send me a line when you do.


Big Wall climber
Stoney Point
Sep 25, 2007 - 09:02pm PT
The man has death wish plain and simple.


Trad climber
Kayenta, Arizona
Sep 25, 2007 - 09:53pm PT
I believe that would make him the third person to solo it, behind Croft and Potter, I don't think Werner Braun ever soloed it, did he?

Trad climber
Mammoth Lakes, CA
Sep 25, 2007 - 11:02pm PT
BADASS I must say.... congratulations!

I guess Astroman is officially a boulder problem now.

BTW, what make of bouldering pad does he use?

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Sep 25, 2007 - 11:39pm PT
"Later in the day"

I can't even fathom having any daylight left after Astroman.

I must have been born out of the kiddie gene pool.


Tartarus, black hole of the internet
Sep 26, 2007 - 12:15am PT
:stunned silence:

F*#k dude, like Ali without the mouth.

beneath the valley of ultravegans
Sep 26, 2007 - 12:17am PT
Like Werner, he was probably Twinkie-powered.

Sport climber
Sacramento, Ca
Sep 26, 2007 - 10:01am PT
This guy is for real and what a great person.

Barcelona, Spain
Sep 26, 2007 - 10:30am PT
I once bailed off Astroman :-) I seem to remember a ledge right at the base of the boulder pitch, that gets narrower to the R. Popping off the boulder pitch would definitely lead to a long fall, or would it be possible to catch the ledge?

When I get home, I'm going to play Astroman on my guitar and do a looong solo!

Sep 26, 2007 - 11:04am PT
Alex told me hard climbing is about saying "yes." Looks like he's taking his own advice pretty seriously. Echo what James said about him being unassuming. Much respect!

Trad climber
Lanham MD
Sep 26, 2007 - 11:20am PT
The word is out:

...though I'm glad to report I read it here first :)

Congrats on a remarkable feat.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Sep 26, 2007 - 12:39pm PT
Hats off and a bow to you Alex. Fabulous effort on an airy and committing classic! Had you been up on it before for a look?

Hugh Herr approaching the Harding Slot (his third chimney at any grade!) enroute to a casual afternoon ascent long ago.

Different story with no dental floss.........Change your name to Hon'dbold perhaps? Freakin' awesome job, man!

Trad climber
never ever pissing into the wind
Sep 26, 2007 - 03:22pm PT
troll response #1:
"How many prepositioned photographers did he employ?"

troll response #2:
"No way, Peter Croft never did that, so I won't believe this guy is not a liar unless he has video evidence!"

real response:
Hardman Knott

Gym climber
Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley, Ca
Sep 26, 2007 - 03:34pm PT
Matt - there have only been a tiny few who have had their ascents questioned, for whatever reason.

This guy is knott one of them.

Trad climber
never ever pissing into the wind
Sep 26, 2007 - 04:08pm PT
don't try to be all rational when i troll, biatch!

and what about my other troll?
Handjam Belay

Gym climber
expat from the truth
Sep 26, 2007 - 07:38pm PT

I believe Cameron may have soloed AstroDog some years back. Amazing and humble guy. Watched him solo the cruise as well.

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