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Alex Honnold

Postby Marmaduke » Tue Feb 16, 2016 5:27 am

Phenomenal, what this guy keeps climbing makes it seem any rock can be climbed. Hope he attempts the Dawn Wall. http://www.mensjournal.com/adventure/co ... t-20160209
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Postby Tonka » Tue Feb 16, 2016 5:38 am

I met Alex last early last year and asked why he wasn't going into alpine and he laughed it off saying he could keep up with those guys. He said he didn't have the endurance... I think he has personal issues with the free climbing now that he is getting older and you will start to see him in the big mountains.
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Postby WyomingSummits » Wed Feb 17, 2016 12:30 am

Tonka wrote:I met Alex last early last year and asked why he wasn't going into alpine and he laughed it off saying he could keep up with those guys. He said he didn't have the endurance... I think he has personal issues with the free climbing now that he is getting older and you will start to see him in the big mountains.


"Start to"? He's already done the Fitz Traverse twice. He was hitting alpine pretty hard last year.
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Re: Alex Honnold

Postby Scott » Wed Feb 17, 2016 3:04 am

He is a good climber. Unfortunately, I don't think he will have a very long life expectancy, at least if he continues to free solo at a very high grade. I don't mean to offend anyone by saying this, but the odds of eventually making a mistake or having something else happen are fairly high.
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Re: Alex Honnold

Postby Marmaduke » Wed Feb 17, 2016 3:31 am

Scott wrote:He is a good climber. Unfortunately, I don't think he will have a very long life expectancy, at least if he continues to free solo at a very high grade. I don't mean to offend anyone by saying this, but the odds of eventually making a mistake or having something else happen are fairly high.

That is true of so many climbers who attempt routes that defy logic. The climbers in the 30's and 40's looked at those in the 70's and thought they were nuts. The climbers in the 70's are not watching the latest top climbers and are memorized and complimentary. Granted what Honnold does, seems far beyond taking the normal risks. But he is also been scaling back on his free soling, I hope that is a trend as I do agree Scott, he seems destine for a tragic fall.
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Re: Alex Honnold

Postby Marcsoltan » Wed Feb 17, 2016 5:01 pm

I seriously doubt anything is going to happen to Honnold free soloing hard stuff. Looking back at a few examples shows me that most of the soloing accidents have happened on much easier climbs, way below the climbers ability. One such case is what happened to John Bachar on the north face of Dike Wall. There are only three options there, a 5.8 hand crack, a 10a face and a 10b face. All well below Bachar's climbing grade, even after his car accident. I have written a short personal note on that, and it's featured on the front page of Summit Post at this time. Click on the small photo on the right hand side.
I wish I could remember the name of the British climbers who used to live in Colorado and was making a big name for himself soloing 5.12 routes. Unfortunately, he met his maker on "DNB" 5.9 route on Middle Cathedral Rock in Yosemite.

Hate to use myself as an example, but I nearly lost my life on a 5.6 that I had soloed dozens of times. I quit soloing after that.
What I'm saying here isn't a rule of thumb by any means, but I think it shows a trend.
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Postby Tonka » Wed Feb 17, 2016 5:05 pm

WyomingSummits wrote:
Tonka wrote:I met Alex last early last year and asked why he wasn't going into alpine and he laughed it off saying he could keep up with those guys. He said he didn't have the endurance... I think he has personal issues with the free climbing now that he is getting older and you will start to see him in the big mountains.


"Start to"? He's already done the Fitz Traverse twice. He was hitting alpine pretty hard last year.


I may be off on my time, it was before he had done his first Fitz.
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Re: Alex Honnold

Postby desainme » Sat Feb 20, 2016 6:24 pm

Marocsolatan:
I wish I could remember the name of the British climbers who used to live in Colorado and was making a big name for himself soloing 5.12 routes. Unfortunately, he met his maker on "DNB" 5.9 route on Middle Cathedral Rock in Yosemite.


Derek Hersey
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Re: Alex Honnold

Postby Diego Sahagún » Fri Feb 26, 2016 5:03 pm

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Re: Alex Honnold

Postby Marmaduke » Fri Feb 26, 2016 9:41 pm

^ ^ ^ ^ ^

Good Book.........but my edition is in English :wink:
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Re: Alex Honnold

Postby Diego Sahagún » Tue Mar 01, 2016 12:06 am

I know Marmaduke, posted that pic because I like its image ;)
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Re: Alex Honnold

Postby Vitaliy M. » Fri Mar 04, 2016 12:27 am

Entertaining thread.
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Re: Alex Honnold

Postby Simkin » Fri Oct 14, 2016 6:25 pm

Marcsoltan wrote:I quit soloing after that.

What a pussy.
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Re: Alex Honnold

Postby Josh Lewis » Mon Oct 17, 2016 6:35 am

Simkin wrote:What a pussy.


When you start losing fingers, you start to question very dangerous activities. Free soloing hard stuff is one of them.
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