Hey Coz, Sure would like to hear the story of Southern Belle


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Gym climber
above the play park
Apr 10, 2009 - 01:44pm PT
"Shultz, Coz, those beautiful golden worms and red serpents...
And the next Uberman who steps out to complete the thing.
It will happen."

--In which Roy channels Werner. gives me an idea....like the faux Hemingway contest.
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Apr 10, 2009 - 02:14pm PT
> It looks to me that Leo or Dean found his way and Hank didn't.
> This route would probably benefit from some very definitive beta on how to find one's way on that particular pitch.

I agree - an improved topo would be nice. Few may be willing to lead p4, but it would be nice if they could find the few bolts above.
I've been thinking of going to near the base with a telescope to see if I can find the bolts and improve the overlay/topo.

Aug 19, 2009 - 03:56pm PT
Sweaty palms bump.

Awesome, inspirational story.


Trad climber
fresno, ca
Aug 19, 2009 - 05:06pm PT
Hayden Kennedy, that kid who just waltzed the Bachar Yerian should go have a look.

Austin, TX
Nov 11, 2009 - 03:45pm PT
One of the best stories I have ever read...

Trad climber
100% Canadian
Oct 28, 2010 - 02:35pm PT
Honnold and Canadian Will Stanhope have just made their first attempt to repeat this route. Saw photos from pitch 5 on facebook. Apparently tiny wires are crucial.
Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Oct 28, 2010 - 03:45pm PT
God that is great to hear. I am a big fan of Alex. This is a great project for those two. Stanhope is a great choice, it would seem. Hopefully we will hear about their experience in length. The route is so important for so many reasons. Interesting that he is on it just after Leo H. left the Valley, having completed his Prophet route on El Cap and Leo having done the first continuous with Potter. I bet the temperatures are perfect today for that up there. It is 57 on the Valley floor but about 70 up on Turtleback (fall inversion phenomenon).
Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Oct 28, 2010 - 09:48pm PT
Seriously Bump for the development today

Oct 28, 2010 - 10:51pm PT
Hey Peter,

No slight to mr hornold, but mr stanhope is no wallflower when it comes to filling the climbing dance card-both members will bring something to the table i'm sure-pull up a chair, this is going to be inspiring.
Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Oct 28, 2010 - 11:08pm PT
Absolutely, Gf. As I said above. Will is a great choice.

Here they are recently even:


Trad climber
100% Canadian
Oct 31, 2010 - 11:23pm PT
a big day tommorrow ....
Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Nov 1, 2010 - 12:58am PT
Really exciting! Here according to Don Reid, 1998:

Mighty Hiker

Vancouver, B.C.
Nov 1, 2010 - 01:01am PT
Hazel is cuter than both of them. Plus she led the B-Y a few weeks ago - first female lead? I'm too lazy to trawl through the big B-Y thread to find out.

Social climber
Nov 1, 2010 - 01:06am PT
Dude she's badass. I saw that Cedar Wright squamish-in-a-day movie, she was slayin' that thin sh#t.

The Hot Kiss on the end of a Wet Fist
Nov 2, 2010 - 11:54am PT
Bump for an update???

Trad climber
Nov 2, 2010 - 12:31pm PT

Jim Henson's Basement
Nov 2, 2010 - 12:44pm PT
Yup- success for Honnold and Stanhope!

Yesterday, Nov 1 2010, Alex Honnold, 25, and Will Stanhope, a pup faced 24, hiked to the South face of Yosemite's Half Dome. In a true wildnerness experience, the pair of climbers saw no one on the trail. Around 7 am the pair began climbing Southern Belle (5.12dR)...
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Nov 2, 2011 - 12:46pm PT
More good stuff.
The Larry

Moab, UT
Nov 2, 2011 - 02:36pm PT
Thanks for the bump Mike. I had not seen this thread before.
this just in

Justin Ross from North Fork
Feb 12, 2015 - 02:00pm PT
This is an awesome thread
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