CLIMB and PUNISHMENT- An Open Telegram to Alex Honnold

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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.
Jebus H Bomz

climber
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!
moosedrool

climber
lost, far away from Poland
Nov 22, 2014 - 02:05pm 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.


Well, thank you!

But, really???

Moose

clinker

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, California
Nov 22, 2014 - 02:30pm PT
Jebus Schist, I hope nothing breaks.

schist
SHist/Submit
nounGEOLOGY
a coarse-grained metamorphic rock that consists of layers of different minerals and can be split into thin irregular plates.
zBrown

Ice climber
BrujÚ de la Playa
Nov 22, 2014 - 04:32pm PT
Always wondered why someone else wants to tell somebody how to live his life.

-Harry Houdini

nah000

climber
canuckistan
Nov 22, 2014 - 04:51pm PT
'Hubris:í the country of no old men...

quite the ironic quote embedded in the initial post.

pretty sure that writing a public letter to another human telling him/er what s/he is or isn't capable of, is one of the defining examples of hubris...

so more correctly it should have been:

'Hubris:' the country of at least one old man...
scrubbing bubbles

Social climber
Uranus
Nov 22, 2014 - 06:33pm 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.


yeah, that's the problem....if you are going to solo then make sure if you fall you are killed instantly


your relatives don't want to spend years gazing at you in a vegetative, brain-damaged condition, while you grow pus-filled bedsores, and eventually die of sepsis or double pneumonia
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