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Mudcat Spire
Jun 14, 2011 - 10:36pm PT

I mean yikes!
john hansen

Jun 14, 2011 - 10:38pm PT
On sight?
Chicken Skinner

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 14, 2011 - 11:18pm PT
It was Alex. He did it yesterday morning for breakfast.


El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Jun 14, 2011 - 11:22pm PT

Trad climber
Jun 14, 2011 - 11:29pm PT
and done while a guy who did it many moons ago is rope soloing ZM on El Cap. Seems somehow.....fitting

Trad climber
Jun 14, 2011 - 11:36pm PT
rapping into solos is the new normal.

that strikes me as a huge deviation. but it's become common. that, rather than the technical difficulty, is what i find remarkable.

i suppose it isn't that far off-- soloing out of aiders seemed psycho to me, but if you really think about it, that's basically what yr doing in a lot of alpine situations. then soloing for cameras. soloing out of raps has become a feature of recent major solos in which folks recreate key pitches for the media-- AR in Verdon, MR on RW, HJA on eP --

a long ways away from older approaches to soloing.
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Jun 15, 2011 - 01:37am PT
interesting and amazing news...
stunning display of mastery and control
simply amazing

Big Wall climber
Los Angeles, CA
Jun 15, 2011 - 02:15am PT
wow, What a beautiful feat!
Johnny K.

Jun 15, 2011 - 02:48am PT
That "kid" is beyond "dialed in".Wow.

Jun 15, 2011 - 06:50am PT
KLK: "AR in Verdon, MR on RW, HJA on eP"

Cld I gt sm vwls pls?

AR: Alain Robert?
HJA: Auer, eP= the fish route on Marmolada?

Trad climber
Washington DC
Jun 15, 2011 - 09:24am PT
Wow. that's all I got to say about that

Trad climber
San Francisco
Jun 15, 2011 - 10:21am PT
Astonishing ... and kinda morbid.

I'm leaning toward Drummond's view (;. Anyone else concerned about whether Alex will still be with us in 5 years? When cameras, sponsorship and fame are the rewards for risking your life, the end result seems almost inevitable.

Trad climber
CA Central Coast
Jun 15, 2011 - 10:35am PT
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jun 15, 2011 - 11:50am PT
If you're solid and you know it

Solo Phoenix

If you're solid and you know it

Solo Phoenix

If you're solid and you know it

Sure that you can hardly blow it

If you're solid and you know it solo Phoenix!

A little ditty that Alex Lowe used to sing with a grin long ago...Dreams are funny that way.

Way beyond impressive...
Chicken Skinner

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 15, 2011 - 12:01pm PT
Yesterday it was Chouinard-Herbert. And it was a little bit wet.


Boulder climber
Jun 15, 2011 - 12:04pm PT
"Young climbers today, who learned the basics in the gym, have no respect and understanding of the history and ethics of the sport." ODB

Hahahahahaha.... Amazing solos Alex. thanks for inspiring me to push harder.


Ideeho-dee-do-dah-day boom-chicka-boom-chicka-boom
Jun 15, 2011 - 12:13pm PT
What's even more astounding is watching how viral this news will go.
Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Jun 15, 2011 - 12:21pm PT
Peter in Sf, of course everyone here is concerned, and concerned about each and every one of us. We have discussed this at length already as you do note. Part of what climbing has always meant are these kinds of adventures---- ones where the climber very well might die in the doing and for the slightest of reasons. It is nothing new. Roped or not. Climbing is actually real, you know, and has hideous danger in much of its execution. It may or may not be able to justify it deaths; that is a huge and separate subject.

What you might consider understanding better, is your notion that Alex’s reward for his unroped outings is “cameras, sponsorship, and fame”. It just isn’t. His reward and the result of such radical outings is so far beyond the material realm as to make your query blatantly uninformed, with due respect. When you do climbing like this, the ecstatic and transcendental nature of your outing is ever so much more your focus that suggestions by others that you are up there seeking ordinary gain can only seem to be irrelevant and in fact churlish, even if not intended to be so.

Social climber
Davis, CA
Jun 15, 2011 - 12:24pm PT
Good find twisted crank. Nuts that this silly thread with one guy saying he did it (I'm not saying he didn't) is the basis for a newsflash with no follow up.

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jun 15, 2011 - 12:28pm PT
With all due respect he does make a living at this if I am correct so it does
occur to some that if his intentions were absolutely pure and transcendental
would we even know about this? It is amazing though.

But, can he do 9 to 5?
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