Alex Honnold has soloed El Capitan


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caughtinside · · Oakland CA · Joined Nov 2006 · Points: 1,415
Old lady H · · Boise, Idaho · Joined Aug 2015 · Points: 120

WOW, indeed!

That's gonna be one great film. 

OLH

Ted Pinson · · Chicago, IL · Joined Jul 2014 · Points: 45

Absolutely insane.

Jake Stern · · Evanston, Illinois · Joined Dec 2014 · Points: 10

Anyone know if he chose the boulder problem or the teflon corner?

Mike Mu. · · hagerstown · Joined Feb 2007 · Points: 35

I'd say that pretty much cements him as a legend. 

scott fuzz · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Feb 2014 · Points: 0

Your eatin breakfast on your porta and this guy just comes cruising by-

David Bruneau · · St. John · Joined Feb 2012 · Points: 1,210
Jake Stern wrote:

Anyone know if he chose the boulder problem or the teflon corner?

Based on the diagram, which describes the Boulder Problem as the crux of the route, I'd say he went with that. I have read/heard somewhere that the Teflon corner and its high risk of slipping was the main reasons he hadn't soloed Freerider yet. 

Jikimika Dinglehoffer · · Lander, Wy · Joined Apr 2011 · Points: 525

@Jake Stern, pretty confusing in the story, the topo photo lists the teflon corner and the boulder problem, but gives the rating .13a, so he most likely did the boulder?

Glenn Schuler · · Monument, Co. · Joined Jun 2006 · Points: 1,070

Can't even wrap my head around it, incredible! What could be next?

Doug Foust · · Henderson, Nevada · Joined Sep 2008 · Points: 45
Glenn Schuler wrote:

Can't even wrap my head around it, incredible! What could be next?

Hopefully retirement from free soloing...would be a great way to finish while ahead.

Aaron Mc. · · Chicago, IL · Joined Jul 2013 · Points: 10
Doug Foust wrote:

Hopefully retirement from free soloing...would be a great way to finish while ahead.

I'd say it is a great way to finish while he's on top.

Old lady H · · Boise, Idaho · Joined Aug 2015 · Points: 120
scott fuzz wrote:

Your eatin breakfast on your porta and this guy just comes cruising by-

Ha! That would be so freakin awesome! 

NateGfunk · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Apr 2013 · Points: 0

Damn. Next level, again. 

Wes C · · Cleveland, oh · Joined Apr 2017 · Points: 0
Old lady H wrote:

Ha! That would be so freakin awesome! 

I think it would be awesome yet somewhat terrifying.  It's one thing watching it on video when you know it ends well.  It's another in real time.  At least for me.

BTW congrats Alex.  My son looks up to him, which is awesome (versus some of the terrible "role models" out there, Alex seems like such a good dude) and again somewhat terrifying lol.

ShireSmitty · · Boulda · Joined Jan 2013 · Points: 0

Having done the Teflon Corner, I simply cannot imagine anyone choosing to free solo it. But then, it's Honnold.... Still it would surprise me if he chose the Teflon over the boulder problem

Alex Frank · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Feb 2013 · Points: 0

Sorry for the noob question, but hasn't he done this before in RR7 when he did Watkins, El Cap, and Half Dome? I'm sure this is different but I don't understand how.

Sirius · · Oakland, CA · Joined Nov 2003 · Points: 515

Unreal. Unreal. Unreal. Can't wrap my head around it. Legendary bordering mythic. 

At 7 this morning when I was drinking coffee in a stupor he was, where, somewhere near the Sous le Toit? I wonder what the temps were like when he hit the Boulder Problem?

I also wonder whether most people - hell most climbers, who generally gym and boulder and sport climb - will begin to understand what he's done. "Pfft v16 is way harder" type of reaction.

Jason Kim · · Encinitas, CA · Joined Apr 2012 · Points: 60

Man, he is setting the bar really, really freaking high. 

Tyler Metheney · · St Louis · Joined Sep 2016 · Points: 0

His confidence is in another realm I can't understand.  Awesome!!

Jeff G. · · Fort Collins · Joined Feb 2006 · Points: 820
Alex Frank wrote:

Sorry for the noob question, but hasn't he done this before in RR7 when he did Watkins, El Cap, and Half Dome? I'm sure this is different but I don't understand how.

He Soloed Watkins, El Cap and Half Dome in a day.  With a ROPE.

He just FREE SOLOED EL CAP.  

Beyond words.  This is simply out of perspective for anything else I can think of in rock climbing.

Jeff G. · · Fort Collins · Joined Feb 2006 · Points: 820
Sirius wrote:

Unreal. Unreal. Unreal. Can't wrap my head around it. Legendary bordering mythic. 

I also wonder whether most people - hell most climbers, who generally gym and boulder and sport climb - will begin to understand what he's done. "Pfft v16 is way harder" type of reaction.

Yeah, I wonder too.  Incredible.  

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