CLIMB and PUNISHMENT- An Open Telegram to Alex Honnold


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Social climber
los angeles,ca
Jun 3, 2011 - 08:14pm PT
hi ed

i was thinking about your epic 'first ascent' of the statue of liberty.

did you summit? and if so, who topped out first you or stephen?

rip: Elmer 'Geronimo' Pratt


Trad climber
Jun 3, 2011 - 08:24pm PT
Find an old copy of I can't remember which issue of Ascent and read "Mirror Mirror" by Mr. Drummond. Fantastic stuff. i don't feel his comments were out of line...seemed like good advice to me. But Alex is the master of his own ship, sailing on an ocean I can't fathom.

Trad climber
The Illuminati -- S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Division
Jun 3, 2011 - 08:37pm PT

Social climber
Dalian, Liaoning
Jan 20, 2014 - 06:47am PT
Well, it's-been-three-years-and-he-still-hasn't-soloed-El-Cap bump.

Jan 20, 2014 - 09:58am PT
Said upthread:
"There are two kinds of climbers, BOLD climbers or OLD climbers, not both."

I disagree as I see plenty of both still around. The list of old bold climbers would be very long. A few have posted upthread, some don't even speak english, plenty of Euros who would fill the bill of being old and bold. What is old anyway? Is Peter Croft old yet at mid 50's+ or so?

(ps, way to stir up a shitstorm again Randisis LOL)

Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
U.N. Ambassador, Crackistan
Jan 20, 2014 - 10:33am PT
I know what kind of free-solo underwear he wears!


Dave Kos

Social climber
Jan 20, 2014 - 12:58pm PT
BTW, is it still possible to send a telegram these days, one that's not delivered by a stripper?
Peter Haan

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, CA
Jan 20, 2014 - 01:01pm PT
No Dave, not at all, but there is the option of gender, finally.

Stair climber, lost, far away from Poland
Jan 20, 2014 - 01:36pm PT
Writing a manifesto is a bit excessive, IMHO.

Worrying about another human being is in our nature.

While I am in awe hearing about Honnold's solos, I can't help the unpleasant feeling in my stomach. Maybe because I have too much imagination. Or I am afraid to solo myself. I don't know. It is not because I envy him, though.

I wouldn't try to convince him to stop. He is a smart guy and knows the risks better than me. Hell, I took grave risks in my life because of the lack of experience. That for sure is not the case here.

Long live Honnold, use your brain and don't listen to our speculations.


Romans 5:8
Jan 20, 2014 - 01:40pm PT
All I got to say is, "TENSION"!
the Fet

Jan 20, 2014 - 01:50pm PT
As an acquaintance of Alex I know him a little and I doubt he will ever read this thread. He is better than most about not wasting time looking at screens.

I don't blame people for throwing out warnings, I think it's good for people to speak their mind and share their experience. And I think the message stands repeating because it's easy to get caught up in things and get carried away and do something you shouldn't do.

However Alex has an excellent grasp of what he is doing and a great head on his shoulders. I doubt he'd do something he wouldn't do if the cameras weren't rolling.

It will be interesting to see where his climbing career goes. He has huge talent, motivation, and is very smart. The big free solos naturally are limited in number. It's wasn't surprising in a way that one of his next huge accomplishments was the triple crown. Not pure free soloing, but using that talent to pull off the next step in rock climbing. Not surprising that it was his next step, but very surprising that a human could accomplish that. I can't even fathom hiking to the top of those three formations in a day.
Jeff Gorris

Not from, Portlandia
Jan 20, 2014 - 01:57pm PT

Sport climber
Jan 20, 2014 - 02:03pm PT
when i was soloing a lot there was always this feeling of invincibility. i could do no wrong. there was also the deep down acceptance that i really didn't care, life or death. i was never in the big leagues of soloing but wouldn't think much of vert mile days, just a chalk bag and shoes. the best climbing of my life.
patrick compton

Trad climber
Jan 20, 2014 - 02:11pm PT
this isn't 1885, people dont send telegrams anymore

Trad climber
The Illuminati -- S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Division
Nov 22, 2014 - 09:01am PT
Did someone at Clif Bar read this thread?
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Nov 22, 2014 - 09:11am PT
Remember how Rome did it.

Bread and circuses.

Lots of blood and dead gladiators.

They all accepted the risk, pretty much, that they would die in combat.

Plus ca change...

(I know very well some were only slaves, but generally they went into the arena under their own will power, following Fortuna.)

Oh, the drama!

Alex gets up. Brushes his teeth. Goes to work. BIG DEAL! He's okay with what he's doing. Lighten the hell up, here, guys. He's actually HAPPY doing what he's doing, and it IS entertaining.

Edwin, don't please be such a wuss.

lost, far away from Poland
Nov 22, 2014 - 09:27am PT
I remember Coz posting something about how Honnold is not that solid, etc. Man, the irony!

Still, I am worried. Doesn't take much, a few grains of sand, breaking a hold...

mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Nov 22, 2014 - 10:50am PT
Drama, irony, suspense...MooseLucky, we're in the zone.

Split a Clif Bar? I'm actually more in the mood for popcorn, though.
Jebus H Bomz

Old West Crackramento
Nov 22, 2014 - 11:06am PT
Your comment seems a bit off color given the circumstances, Moose. But it's also easier to kick when they're down, I won't begrudge you that.

I was watching a short film by Cedar Wright on Vimeo where Honnold was talking about his foundation and ecological sustainability. He's a pretty earnest, well thought out kinda guy, and you can see a dry, self effacing humor underlining it all. Pretty refreshing.

I wish him luck in the mountains so that he can continue to blow our minds in whatever format. I saw somebody talking about him writing his memoirs? That would be a great read.
McHale's Navy

Trad climber
From Panorama City, CA
Nov 22, 2014 - 11:15am PT
I fell for it again.....thinking this was a new thread at first! Anyway, I made an entry in my journal about the NYT thread that is here at ST. I said that I made some stupid posts about Alex and Clif Bars. Nuf said. Am looking forward to those memoirs he's working on! Climb on!
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