CLIMB and PUNISHMENT- An Open Telegram to Alex Honnold

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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
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.
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
go-B

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

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
Jan 20, 2014 - 01:44pm PT
Dano sometimes thought he should slow down, and that included the last week of his life. He had fully admitted he was "pushing his angels". The week before he died, he called me and wanted to start hunting again - and wanted to arrange a turkey hunt. Years before his death i told him i was worried id wake up someday with his name in the headlines and not in a good way. But for that one last jump...

So there is real reason for concern of these natural born climbers. Yet they also demonstrate a purity within our lil game that cant be surpassed.
the Fet

climber
Tu-Tok-A-Nu-La
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

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

http://www.rockandice.com/lates-news/honnold-free-solos-el-sendero-luminoso-5-12d
FTOR

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

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.
moosedrool

climber
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...

Moose
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.
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