3rd Ascent of Southern Belle


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My twin brother's laundry room
Topic Author's Original Post - Nov 2, 2010 - 12:01pm PT
Yesterday, Nov 1 2010, Alex Honnold, 25, and Will Stanhope, a pup faced 24, hiked to the South face of Yosemite's Half Dome. In a true wildnerness experience, the pair of climbers saw no one on the trail. Around 7 am the pair began climbing Southern Belle (5.12dR). The route is notorious for the scary and difficult climbing. Hank Caylor broke his legs on an attempt. Dean Potter and Leo Houlding made the second ascent. Supposedly, Potter was nauseous from fright while leading one of the upper pitches.

Honnold, who's boldness includes free solo ascents of Yosemite's Higher Cathedral Rock The Crucifix (5.12b) and the Regular Northwest Face of Half Dome (5.12b), "It was stimulating-parts of it were just down right mundane. It's definitely not death- but it's easy to get off route. I could see how Hank broke his legs." The pair made a team free ascent- swinging leads. Honnold had no falls. Stanhope fell toproping the fourth pitch. Stanhope tried again and unleashed his Canadian Fury, crimping down on the unchalked version of Blue Suede Shoes. On the summit, they were overcome by dehydration and drank out of the puddles of water on top.

To all the aspiring Supertopo climbers who want to climb the route, Honnold said, "It's just like Snake Dike but more extreme."

Trad climber
San Diego
Nov 2, 2010 - 12:14pm PT

Big Wall climber
Crestline CA
Nov 2, 2010 - 12:16pm PT
Fun stuff! Good work lads!

Trad climber
los arbor
Nov 2, 2010 - 12:23pm PT
parts of it were just down right mundane

zzzzzz-guess I'll pass on the fourth, sounds boring, I'm looking for something that will keep me interested.
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Nov 2, 2010 - 12:34pm PT
That is awsome. They gonna go back and do the rest of those routes. Sounds like those two are growing up strong.

Social climber
Nov 2, 2010 - 12:37pm PT
what the...

Trad climber
Nov 2, 2010 - 12:38pm PT

Trad climber
Somewhere halfway over the rainbow
Nov 2, 2010 - 12:39pm PT
To all the aspiring Supertopo climbers who want to climb the route, Honnold said, "It's just like Snake Dike but more extreme."

Woo Hoo if your name is Honnold.

Big Wall climber
A Token of My Extreme
Nov 2, 2010 - 12:40pm PT
No good without pics.

No one on the trail? No pics? No proof?

I understand. Why just last week when I did the first free solo of Mescalito, I didn't see anyone either. My damn camera was broken too.....
Bad Climber

Nov 2, 2010 - 12:41pm PT
As with the late, great Alex Lowe, Honnold cannot be trusted. If he says, "No big deal," assume mere mortals should stay away.

That said, I'll say this: Well done!

Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Nov 2, 2010 - 12:42pm PT
ron gomez

Trad climber
Nov 2, 2010 - 12:43pm PT
Pretty cool! so I've done Snake Dike....southern belle?????

Trad climber
Nov 2, 2010 - 12:46pm PT
from Will Stanhope's facebook page:

"Attempt #1 on the gorgeous Southern Belle with Honn-bold. Pitch 5. Micro-wires forever."

Buzzard Point, TN
Nov 2, 2010 - 12:54pm PT
Good on them! Seeeeck...

Ice climber
Nov 2, 2010 - 01:11pm PT
WOw! That is so cool! I'm inspired to go do the NOSE free.
I heard it's just like Pillar of Frenzy, just more difficult.
Gotta love the fun these younger climbers have. Good on 'em.
Doug Robinson

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Nov 2, 2010 - 01:15pm PT
Congrats Boys!

You Sooo Bad.

Headed for Snake Dike Thursday. But hmmm....

Trad climber
Nov 2, 2010 - 01:17pm PT
Way to send Alex and Will! Inspiring to say the least..

Trad climber
Santa Monica, California
Nov 2, 2010 - 01:18pm PT
Jesus!!! I think it's time for Alex to free the compressor route on Cerro Torre - blindfolded! Has anybody checked his DNA, did his parents come from Roswell?


Social climber
Nov 2, 2010 - 01:21pm PT
Just as long as they're home before the street lights come on.
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Nov 2, 2010 - 01:24pm PT
yes!! these kids are something.
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