CLIMB and PUNISHMENT- An Open Telegram to Alex Honnold

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Studly

Trad climber
WA
Mar 28, 2010 - 01:42pm PT
Some people climb "Because its there." I say as climbers we give Alex the benefit of that line of reasoning, and give our encouragement and support to such a gifted climber in whatever endeavor he embarks upon with out the negativity or BS.

bmacd

Trad climber
Beautiful, BC
Apr 8, 2010 - 10:25pm PT
Honnold himself sez this about soloing freerider

http://outside.away.com/outside/culture/200905/el-capitan-no-ropes.html
"If I consider it, it's hopefully not going to be an attempt," Honnold says of El Cap. "Of course I've thought about it, but I'm not anywhere close [to being ready]."
Eric Beck

Sport climber
Bishop, California
Apr 8, 2010 - 10:42pm PT
I saw Alex unroped up on Half Dome last Friday when the Banff Film Festivel came to Bishop. It's been a long time since watching someone climb gave me the creeps like this did.

The doubters might ponder the following:

"And don't criticize what you can't understand." - Bob Dylan
Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Apr 8, 2010 - 10:53pm PT
Liking Eric Beckís (old friend) comment just above.

As a soloist, you are completely on your own calendar. Especially if others arenít keeping track of your every move as some are with Alex. When someone starts writing poetry about your theoretical and vastly hideous demise on a route you donít even plan to unrope ever, it surely doesnít have a place in your worldview and such a purview (Ed's) is actually creepier than the horror of watching you unroped 1,000 feet out. You climb, you are in your hay-days of youth with no dependents and at the opening of your adult life, you truly truly know what you are doing and at times just go out and express yourself in these pieces of great virtuosity with the angels.


k-man

Gym climber
SCruz
Apr 9, 2010 - 03:45am PT
"Be safe," the kiss of death? Excellent poem, but a tough mark. I'm with PH: in the abstract it could have been not so personal and as powerful as velvet.
jstan

climber
Apr 9, 2010 - 07:19am PT
Mr. Drummond has manipulated us, egregiously.

But I suppose embarassment is a small price to pay for something like Roger's superb Monty Python bit.

It is an ill wind that blows no one any good.
Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Apr 9, 2010 - 08:01am PT
Yeah, Joe... I wonder. Does the whole arrangement just ratchet up several notches, all things seeming the same --- 5.11 is the new 5.8??---or is there something much wilder going on, when the top grade goes from 5.11 to 5.15? It is hard to believe that 5.11 could seem like the 5.8 of 1972, but then again if you have watched 5.11 being dispatched by top climbers today, it really does look like the person is doing 5.8!
Norwegian

Trad climber
Placerville, California
Apr 9, 2010 - 08:04am PT
wind is ill when it is still.
movement ignites search which leads to change,
and growth prevails.

for the youth not to stretch upheld and stagnant standards according to his neon dreams, a surrender to complacency must take place.

"stand still alex. curb your dreams. betray your path because of my fears."

pooey. let thrive that boy.
donh

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

thanks
don
throwpie

Trad climber
Berkeley
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.
graniteclimber

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

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.
couchmaster

climber
pdx
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!

:D

DMT
tioga

Mountain climber
pac northwest
Jan 20, 2014 - 12:55pm PT
These "telegrams" make no sense...why try to poison someone's experience, plant a seed of doubt into their soul, while it all kind of sounds like plain envy. I'm sure Mr. Honnold is intelligent enough to evaluate the risks and benefits for himself. And what's with that "She will find you" nonsense?...poor chap climbs cause some sorority girl rejected him?? Allright, I'm scared for Cirque du Soleil artists now...gonna write some letters.
Dave Kos

Social climber
Temecula
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.
tioga

Mountain climber
pac northwest
Jan 20, 2014 - 01:02pm PT
^3 options for that one, actually
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
Jan 20, 2014 - 01:08pm PT
Like it or not, ill bet that OP is something we all THINK down deep.

We have all lost great friends in this pursuit. Facts hard to ignore fully. I pray AH has a long and fruitful life. Hes a natural climber- a club of few. But in that club comes very high odds.
moosedrool

climber
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.

Andrzej
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