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TheSoloClimber

Trad climber
Vancouver
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 26, 2014 - 09:52pm PT
I'm just posting from what I heard via social media (Instagram) but James Lucas has a picture of what looks like Honnold just before leaving the corner into the slopy undercling bit.
If it is the real deal, I'm sure we'll hear about it in the mags.

I just know that there's been speculation about the possibility of him doing this for a while now, and it would be pretty cool to know it finally happened.
A bit more beta for those who don't know, yeah he may have soloed harder than .12a, but this was .12a back in what? '82? The first all free climb to the top of the Grand Wall. The first two pitches give it the grade - they are overhanging, sustained, and insecure. There isn't anything near a proper rest until near the end of the second pitch, that being a kneebar. The first hands free ledge is on top of the third pitch.
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Aug 26, 2014 - 10:48pm PT
Well there was the Squamish Buttress all free to the top :-D but, yeah, not to put too fine a point on it, UWall was the first of the old big aid lines to go free. And quite a few folks said it wouldn't go.

Anders can confirm the date for certain :-D but I 'm pretty sure it was the summer of 1982.

McHale's Navy

Trad climber
From Panorama City, CA
Aug 26, 2014 - 10:51pm PT
There's an Alex Honnold article in Alpinist 47 where Alex talks about transcendence. I think I'll read it tonight.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Aug 26, 2014 - 11:07pm PT
By james_lucas
James Lucas So odd. I drove to Moonlight and talked to Alex and he had soloed. He soloed the Phoenix and Cosmic Debris...all my projects. today I climbed on the UWall and saw @alexhonnold On the way down. In the shade, just below the second power line, @alexhonnold solos the U-Wall. I took a picture of @smashits at the same spot a few hours earlier.

James Lucas photo

http://www.iphoneogram.com/p/795255583950810118_203335554/
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Aug 26, 2014 - 11:23pm PT

Jasmin Caton and partner at the bombay on p1.
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Aug 27, 2014 - 12:41am PT
The best piece of info on UWall in existence. Thanks Chief.


http://www.supertopo.com/climbers-forum/1159510/University-Wall-second-free-ascent
Delhi Dog

climber
Good Question...
Aug 27, 2014 - 04:51am PT
Geez Clint I was ready to puke @ the 55sec. mark.

Badass!

And Chief-WOW! thanks for sharing!!!!!!
hamish f

Social climber
squamish
Aug 27, 2014 - 07:51am PT
Free solo U wall?
Probably not a whole lot more stressful than soloing the Northern Lights. Alex has some serious skill and mental control. Amazing.
I sure love my mountain bike.
ionlyski

Trad climber
Kalispell, Montana
Aug 27, 2014 - 07:52am PT
I don't know. He was did that interview down in Boulder right after he left Squamish. He was talking about the 290 pitches he did at Squamish for his 29th birthday. Most of it sounded pretty social for him. Lots on the Apron I think, no mention of U Wall.

Arne
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Aug 27, 2014 - 07:56am PT
James's post is from yesterday so he probably flew to boulder and he's now back in squish. This happened yesterday according to James Lucas. See my post above.
Norwegian

Trad climber
dancin on the tip of god's middle finger
Aug 27, 2014 - 08:25am PT
its like i told my wife,
this morning in regards to our impending separation;

"not until you've experienced my
void will your realize how big of a space i fill"

and no, it has nothing to do with sex.
zBrown

Ice climber
BrujÚ de la Playa
Aug 27, 2014 - 08:41am PT
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Tami

Social climber
Canada
Aug 27, 2014 - 03:22pm PT
I sure enjoyed watching Jasmin climb in that video but had to turn the music to off . That music track is awful !!!
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