The mother of all traverses: The Fitz Traverse.


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Jim Clipper

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?

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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.

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."

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.

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

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.

Trad climber
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
Rolando Garibotti in Dorte Pietron
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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.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Mar 12, 2014 - 07:07pm PT
By any definition this is an incredible, yes, unbelievable feat of Planning, Fitness, and Determination, with a whole lotta Luck into the bargain.

They did make a pact with Old Patch, ya know.

Really, when I first saw Dorworthy's presentation of the Funhog Expedition in the Visitor's Center in 1970 at that AAC meeting everyone seems to have forgotten but me, we were stunned by the place, the weather, the result, and we n00bs wondered what the hell we were getting into.

My heart soars like the hawk, Tommy and Alex. Let's eat. You must be hungry.

Woo-hoo! for Yosemite hardmen, pursuing either alpinism or rock climbing--just bring it on.
John Ely

Trad climber
Nov 27, 2017 - 06:50pm PT
In the meantime, their self-made movie is available for free if you can deal with the red bull page. Line Across the Sky Oneand Two I thought it was pretty eye popping....

Delhi Dog

Good Question...
Nov 27, 2017 - 09:53pm PT
Thanks for those links!
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