Honnold Free Solos El Cap !


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looks easy from here

Ben Lomond, CA
Jun 3, 2017 - 03:28pm PT
Going at 11d and 12b respectively, most people consider that pitch 12d if you link them
And what do most people consider it if you link all 37 pitches? ;)

Social climber
Southern Arizona
Jun 3, 2017 - 03:32pm PT
A supertanker's worth of respect. Makes me queasy. Wow, wow, wow. Amazing.

Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
Jun 3, 2017 - 03:33pm PT
Good Guys sometimes do finish first.
Gail Hightower

Jun 3, 2017 - 03:37pm PT
Wow, unbelievable. I'm sure he doesn't read supertopo, but if he does: You're an inspiration man! Great work!

Trad climber
Reykjavik, Iceland
Jun 3, 2017 - 03:44pm PT
Fantastic! And, this has to be enough, please, don't push it all the way over the edge!

Trad climber
Frisco, CA
Jun 3, 2017 - 03:44pm PT
AMAZING doesn't begin to describe. CONGRATULATIONS, ALEX!!!!

Couldn't have been done by a cooler person.
Doug Robinson

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Jun 3, 2017 - 03:45pm PT

Congratulations Alex!

Just speechless.
norm larson

wilson, wyoming
Jun 3, 2017 - 03:51pm PT
How do you think that makes us feel?. As if we didn't feel mediocre and insecure already!

All I can say is BRAVO! Unbelievable really.
I remember many years ago, the only time I climbed ElCap,and feeling like Iwe were in outer space (and loving it) and realizing so few would ever experience anything close to it. Now Alex goes without a rope or partner.


Social climber
An Oil Field
Jun 3, 2017 - 03:53pm PT
I remember saying that this would happen, and Werner shut me down saying it would not happen any time soon. This was 2 or 3 years ago.

For a guy who can solo The Phoenix on his days off, this was well within his abilities. Which are superhuman, obviously.

I never thought it was even possible back in the old days. Then routes started going free only 15 years later. Yosemite wasn't a popular place for the best free climbers, because most of the hardest routes are in caves these days. El Cap requires a totally different skill set. Hard cracks and micro edges.

I wonder how long it will be until this is replicated? I doubt there are very many other climbers lining up to do it.

Honnold really is in his own class as a soloist.

Freaking amazing.

Honnold now has his spot on the Mount Rushmore of greatest climbers ever.
john hansen

Jun 3, 2017 - 03:59pm PT
"Is anyone from the first El Cap ascent team alive to bear witness to this amazing feat? Milestones still to be had. Pretty impressive "

Wonder what Tom Frost would have to say, or Fossil Climber (Wayne Merry)
though Merry was on the Nose FA.

Social climber
1187 Hunterwasser
Jun 3, 2017 - 04:12pm PT
I could do that. You know, if I wanted to. But I don't.

Pretty awesome stuff

Jun 3, 2017 - 04:14pm PT
I want Burt Bronson's take on all of this. Where is the ultimate hardman's sage voice on this pressing matter?

Big Wall climber
San Luis Obispo CA
Jun 3, 2017 - 04:27pm PT
Anybody want to buy an old man's ropes, chocks and cams? For display in an Ancient History Museum? That "trad" stuff is now officially obsolete.

I suppose it was inevitable. And, it could not have been done by a nicer guy.

Way to go.


Trad climber
Fresno/Clovis, ca
Jun 3, 2017 - 04:32pm PT
Breathtaking. I'll probably always remember where I was today when I heard the news. It just feels like one of those things.


Trad climber
South Pasadena, CA
Jun 3, 2017 - 04:36pm PT
What can anyone say that would do justice to such a feat?

I wonder how many people can come back from elite level performance in such committing endeavors, and find satisfaction in a quotidian life? How to manage the urge to keep pushing the envelope, not get depressed or bored with a mundane existence where death is not on the line?

Mountain climber
Terence Wilson greeneck alleghenys,ny,
Jun 3, 2017 - 04:38pm PT

" I want to duct tape him to a tree or something."


Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Jun 3, 2017 - 04:47pm PT
So much respect. Congratulations Alex.

Social climber
joshua tree
Jun 3, 2017 - 04:49pm PT

I'd imagine link ups are next,eh!

Big Wall climber
Jun 3, 2017 - 04:53pm PT
So badass! I can't help but admire the courage to punch up on the cruxy sections ropeless! Bravo!

Mad respect! 😐👍👍
Jeff Gorris

Not from Portlandia
Jun 3, 2017 - 05:18pm PT
Cannot process. Not enough wow.
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