The mother of all traverses: The Fitz Traverse.


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Big Wall climber
Feb 18, 2014 - 05:22pm PT
I am speechless.

beneath the valley of ultravegans
Feb 18, 2014 - 06:11pm PT
ˇtan impresionante! The Power of Empanadas!

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Feb 18, 2014 - 06:27pm PT
This isn't April first, is it?
Dirtbag Wannabe

Mountain climber
Westminster, CO
Feb 18, 2014 - 10:08pm PT
Dawn Wall. Sendero Luminoso free solo. Now the Fitzroy traverse. Human powered flight must be up next. I'm buying Brendan Leonard a beer and planning a word tour of the greatest 5.7's ever known... Honnold doing this on his first trip is like learning Messner soloed Everest without supplemental oxygen.

Feb 18, 2014 - 10:30pm PT
Thanks Rolo - the inspirational climbing is a perfect off-set to the tragedy.


Trad climber
Feb 18, 2014 - 11:00pm PT
Whoever posted the picture above me wins. ^

Also great job guys!

Social climber
Ridgway, CO
Feb 18, 2014 - 11:07pm PT
Whew! These guys are hitting some serious stride . . . such an Irie team.

Thank you Rolo for your correspondence, not to mention your own contributions to alpinism.
Wade Icey

Trad climber
Feb 18, 2014 - 11:19pm PT
damn. Pretty Super...human.

Trad climber
Poughkeepsie, NY
Feb 18, 2014 - 11:29pm PT

Big Wall climber
Feb 19, 2014 - 12:29am PT
ok, that's freaking proud. way to have a good time boys. ss

Trad climber
Mountain View, CA/Boulder, CO
Feb 19, 2014 - 01:31am PT

I smell 'Piolet d'Or.'

Not this year, the "big list" has already been published...

The list you refer to is for climbs completed in 2013. If I am not mistaken I believe Caldwell and Honnold completed their climb in 2014:-)

Trad climber
Santa Cruz Mountains and Monterey Bay
Feb 19, 2014 - 01:35am PT

Trad climber
Feb 19, 2014 - 02:11am PT
just amazing.

i like this bit:

By this point their rope was reduced to 38 meters in length

Feb 19, 2014 - 02:26am PT
Amazing! Was it Royal Robbins who wrote about Yosemite climbers going off to the rest of the world to apply what they learned in the Valley? Or are they applying in Yosemite stuff they learned in Patagonia?

Trad climber
Mountain View, CA/Boulder, CO
Feb 19, 2014 - 02:45am PT
“The future of Yosemite climbing lies not in Yosemite, but in using the new techniques in the great granite ranges of the world.” — Yvon Chouinard, 1963 ...

Social climber
Feb 19, 2014 - 04:36am PT
hey there say, rolo... very impressive rocks... :O

thanks for the map, it helps me understand better...

also, as to this:

It should be noted that their success was in spite of very bad conditions, with much ice and snow in the cracks and on the ridges courtesy of one of the wettest summer seasons in many years.

Caldwell and Honnold wore rockshoes to climb Pilar Goretta and the north face of Aguja Poincenot but climbed everything else wearing approach shoes (!!).

This was Honnold's first climb in Patagonia… Over the years Caldwell has done a number of impressive ascents in the area, most notably the first free and onsight ascent of Linea de Eleganza on Cerro Fitz Roy.e

thank you for the special note as to the climbers of special rock...
and how it was done-- "wettest season" and all, :O

Feb 19, 2014 - 05:34am PT

Point taken... Though technically one is nominated for a the award the year following the ascent, usually in february...

Impressive none the less... Hailing them as the next generation of "super-alpinist"? Maybe... I have my doubts... Mad free climbing ability does not make you an "super alpinist"... A strong pallet of diverse skills is needed to partake in that activity...

Then again I don't know them personally... They might have substantial mixed, ice and aid climbing skills I don't know about... In that case they might very well be the next generation of super alpinist...

Feb 19, 2014 - 07:01am PT
What a fantastic alpine adventure! Thanks for sharing.

Climbing skills are the foundation, but these two clearly have the rope handling skills and wherewithal to move fast on alpine rock (even covered in rime ice).

Look forward to seeing photos (if there are any).

Mountain climber
The Deep Woods
Feb 19, 2014 - 12:15pm PT
So this is basically the extended version of the Care Bear Traverse?

Trad climber
The pitch of Bagalaar above you
Feb 19, 2014 - 12:51pm PT
But as we can see a smoking good valley free climber can

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