The mother of all traverses: The Fitz Traverse.

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Degaine

climber
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).
Sketch

Trad climber
H-ville
Feb 19, 2014 - 07:53am PT
Amazing. Respect.
Oplopanax

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

Gym climber
BC
Feb 19, 2014 - 12:27pm PT
Mad free climbing ability does not make you an "super alpinist"... A strong pallet of diverse skills is needed to partake in that activity...

Actually if history is any indication it sure can if you're talking alpinism at the technical level. Look at it this way BB, can a mediocre free climber fire off Trango tower, G4, Cerro Torre or any other hard ( technical) to tick summit, even if he's been a mountain guide for twenty years?

No. But as we can see a smoking good valley free climber can. He may be sticking his neck out a bit more with lack of big mountain eperience but if it was a one off race and I was to put money on someone, it would be the skilled climber.

The tricky part is making it a long term thing, but usually eperience builds and before you know it, they're solid.
mucci

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

Boom!
bigbird

climber
WA
Feb 19, 2014 - 04:52pm PT
Look at it this way BB, can a mediocre free climber fire off Trango tower, G4, Cerro Torre or any other hard ( technical) to tick summit,

Yes "technically" one can. Conrad Anker has been quoted as saying he can only climb 5.12 something while "in shape" and yet has climbed big lines all over the world...

I'm not hating on the accomplishment, its a beautiful line, done in good style, I hope they continue alpine climbing. But groundbreaking? I am skeptical... Free climbers have been going big in the alpine for years. Peter Croft and Mauro Bole being notable examples...
crøtch

climber
Whale's Vagina
Feb 19, 2014 - 06:47pm PT
Looks like more good weather on the way for Sunday through Wednesday. Suerte to everyone down there and thanks for letting us live vicariously through your adventures.
Ralph S.

climber
Boise, ID
Feb 19, 2014 - 09:59pm PT
Easy climbs in dangerous places is one thing, but hard climbs in dangerous places is another level! Excellent job!
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Feb 19, 2014 - 10:55pm PT
Good gawd!!
mission

Social climber
boulder,co
Feb 20, 2014 - 12:21am PT
Pretty amazing accomplishment- congratulations! It's been tried for years by some of the best in the business.

A couple of interesting things about the gear list. Not many parties carry a tent, most use a double bivy sack. And Rolo doesn't mention any food- maybe it's just too heavy.

Hats off to these guys- I'm still trying to bag these summits a la carte!
Jim Clipper

climber
from: forests to tree farms
Feb 20, 2014 - 10:39am PT
Sorry if this has already been mentioned. I read little of the history, and I may have forgotten. Didn't the Hubers also make an attempt?



No jingoism intended, go team Calirado, Colofornia?
Stevee B

Trad climber
Oakland, CA
Feb 20, 2014 - 11:02am PT
Staggergingly impressive. Inspiring.
The bit about the 38m rope remaining was a tease, more about that please ;-)
Triple props for doing it in poor conditions. Can't wait to hear more about this.
duncan

climber
London, UK
Feb 20, 2014 - 03:19pm PT
Hazel Findlay interviews Alex Honnold: "I think I'll be back next year to climb some more mountains, or harder routes, or whatever else. I think this was a good sample platter for the range. Now I'm hungry for more."
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Feb 20, 2014 - 06:16pm PT

Unbelievable. What's next????
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
Feb 20, 2014 - 06:20pm PT
The next morning they were up at it again at 7:30AM, merely 3 hours later... If that is not hardcore what is?

Hardcore? I guess those guys didn't want to enjoy their time up there and take in the views. Meh.

just kidding!

3 hours of rest is not much, I'd want 5.
chill

climber
between the flat part and the blue wobbly thing
Feb 20, 2014 - 07:33pm PT
Hazel: How much did you cuddle up to Tommy?

Alex: In some countries, we would probably have been stoned to death. But, thankfully, we were far above any kind of law enforcement. Next time we might do two light sleeping bags instead, just for comfort. Dialling in the bivy scene is definitely one of the cruxes.

:)
norm larson

climber
wilson, wyoming
Mar 5, 2014 - 06:16pm PT
Like someone else said the future is here. Having climbed around a bit down there I just can't even grasp moving that fast. It's a very beautiful thing they've done.
melski

Trad climber
bytheriver
Mar 10, 2014 - 08:48pm PT
somebody should tell these kids that mountain climbing is WAY more dangerous than rockclimbing ,,
Silviy Moroyna

Big Wall climber
Maribor, Slovenia
Mar 12, 2014 - 03:06pm PT
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wbw

Trad climber
'cross the great divide
Mar 12, 2014 - 03:45pm PT
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...

I've always thought that free rock climbing skills translate strongly to every aspect of the climbing game, including slog mountaineering as well as aid climbing. I think of it as the basis of understanding movement in the mountains.

Look around at the young bucks setting today's alpine standards. In addition to what Tommy and Honnold have done, Hayden Kennedy has accomplished things in the alpine that his partners have sometimes said they could not have pulled off without his outstanding free climbing skills. Josh Wharton is a phenomenal free climber. The best European super-alpinists tend to be excellent free climbers. . think Ueli Steck. Steve House has been around for a while and what he and Vince Anderson have done has to a certain extent re-defined the super-alpine game. Both of those guys are excellent free rock climbers.

Just to belabor the point, Rolo is an amazing free climber, and he and House fired off the Infinite Spur far faster than anyone thus far.
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