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Woodson · · Park City, Ut. · Joined May 2009 · Points: 170
Cole Metzger wrote: Literally my entire family has been raving about Free Solo.  But what’s worse is now they all think I climb 60 feet without a rope so when I fall I die.  Not saying it wasn’t amazing, but it has misled so many people.  It’s like they think all climbers do this, and poor Alex is constantly trying to explain that he almost always climbs on ropes.

It’s pretty much ruined climbing.  Nobody understands that he is doing and niche within a niche within a niche.  Ugh.

I wonder how many times this thread can be regurgitated. This has been discussed ad nauseum.

https://www.mountainproject.com/forum/topic/116569851/alex-honnold-ruined-climbing

https://www.mountainproject.com/forum/topic/116587601/free-solo

https://www.mountainproject.com/forum/topic/116550880/why-did-free-solo-get-an-oscar-nomination-and-dawn-wall-did-not

https://www.mountainproject.com/forum/topic/115407449/free-solo-movie

Ashort · · Las Vegas, NV · Joined Apr 2014 · Points: 56

But what grade is your ass? I can only free solo up to 5.4

Jake Jones · · Richmond, VA · Joined Jul 2011 · Points: 1,734
Señor Arroz wrote: hopeless morons 

At first glance, I thought this said "hapless mormons", which I didn't immediately understand, but boy was it funny.

Ron O · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Apr 2018 · Points: 0

How big is the difference?

A friend from junior high called me to ask about FS.
He seemed more impressed that I spent 11 days soloing El Cap (???).

The film won't help with non-climbers thinking "free" means ropeless.

Long Ranger · · Boulder, CO · Joined Jan 2014 · Points: 181
Luke Bertelsen wrote: Just what we ALL needed was another Free Solo thread.  Thank you.

Guys, have you seen this movie called FREE SOLO?

Briggs Lazalde · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Sep 2017 · Points: 0
Jake Jones wrote:

At first glance, I thought this said "hapless mormons", which I didn't immediately understand, but boy was it funny.

You think hapless mormons is funny google the clip of London's mayor calling everybody "Great supine protoplasmic invertebrate jellies" now that was good and it was live

SeƱor Arroz · · LA, CA · Joined Jan 2016 · Points: 10

If he was soloing why were there all those OTHER PEOPLE there?

Chris Hill · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jun 2007 · Points: 0
Robert S wrote: I find it annoying that non-climbers often ask if I've seen Free Solo, but it doesn't exactly ruin my day, much less climbing.

And when they ask if I do that, too, I usually shrug and say "Sometimes." Let them think my 5.2 scramble to set a TR anchor is an epic on a wall in Yosemite...

I was asked at work if I ever free solo.  I adopted the hard-man 1000 yard stare and said "I used to, not anymore". Sounded bad-ass.  Neglected to mention I topped out at 5.9, perfect hand crack.

Jaren Watson · · Idaho · Joined May 2010 · Points: 2,409
Jake Jones wrote:

At first glance, I thought this said "hapless mormons", which I didn't immediately understand, but boy was it funny.

To hell with you, anti-mormite.

Briggs Lazalde · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Sep 2017 · Points: 0
Jaren Watson wrote:

To hell with you, anti-mormite.

Brandishes sword bursting with the radiant light of Christ, and lunges

The results were similar to the beginning of Gangs of New York

Edit to add spoiler alert: the Christ fellow dies.
Harumpfster Boondoggle · · Between yesterday and today. · Joined Apr 2018 · Points: 113

What is the average air speed velocity of a unladen Swallow?

Coconuts my ass.

Lauren Wilson · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Oct 2017 · Points: 58
caughtinside wrote:

Come on. Millennials ruined climbing, like they ruin everything else. Alex is a boss. Get with the program. 

lol hate to be the one to tell you that Alex is a millennial.

eli poss · · Durango, Co · Joined May 2014 · Points: 507

If your ass is big enough to accommodate free soloing, as opposed to bouldering, then you might want to get that checked out. And also Dayyyummmm

Marc801 C · · Sandy, Utah · Joined Feb 2014 · Points: 65
Lauren Wilson wrote:

lol hate to be the one to tell you that Alex is a millennial.

Alex was born in August 1985 - he's 33.

Just in case anyone needs a score-card:


As of 2018, the breakdown by age looks something like this:
  • Baby Boomers: Baby boomers were born between 1944 and 1964. They're current between 54-74 years old (76 million in U.S.)
  • Gen X: Gen X was born between 1965 - 1979 and are currently between 39-53 years old (82 million people in U.S.)
  • Gen Y: Gen Y, or Millennials, were born between 1980 and 1994. They are currently between 24-38 years old.
    • Gen Y.1 = 24-28 years old (31 million people in U.S.)
    • Gen Y.2 = 28-38 (42 million peeps)
  • Gen Z: Gen Z is the newest generation to be named and were born between 1995 and 2015. They are currently between 3-23 years old (nearly 74 million in U.S.)
[From: https://communityrising.kasasa.com/gen-x-gen-y-gen-z/    - additional demographic info at that page]
Lauren Wilson · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Oct 2017 · Points: 58
Marc801 C wrote:

Alex was born in August 1985 - he's 33.

Just in case anyone needs a score-card:


As of 2018, the breakdown by age looks something like this:
  • Baby Boomers: Baby boomers were born between 1944 and 1964. They're current between 54-74 years old (76 million in U.S.)
  • Gen X: Gen X was born between 1965 - 1979 and are currently between 39-53 years old (82 million people in U.S.)
  • Gen Y: Gen Y, or Millennials, were born between 1980 and 1994. They are currently between 24-38 years old.
    • Gen Y.1 = 24-28 years old (31 million people in U.S.)
    • Gen Y.2 = 28-38 (42 million peeps)
  • Gen Z: Gen Z is the newest generation to be named and were born between 1995 and 2015. They are currently between 3-23 years old (nearly 74 million in U.S.)
[From: https://communityrising.kasasa.com/gen-x-gen-y-gen-z/    - additional demographic info at that page]

Yeah that's why I said it, thanks for proving my point?

Marc801 C · · Sandy, Utah · Joined Feb 2014 · Points: 65
Lauren Wilson wrote:

Yeah that's why I said it, thanks for proving my point?

You're welcome!

Paul Hutton · · Kansas City, MO · Joined Mar 2012 · Points: 740

If they cared enough to wish you don't die, they'd be listening to how you work to ensure surviving, rather than talking over you when they haven't bothered researching on their own, they just wanna bring you down to their level.

I just broke my ankle while rock climbing at red river gorge. I felt kinda dumb, that my family were bearing that thought in mind "you've had it coming". But they've all been very supportive through this traumatized foot and ankle recovery process (if you can call 10 days post surgery, out of months and months to the ultimate destination). This could turn out to be in the top 3 of epics I've had in my life. And it all happened in just 3 seconds. It's almost not fair.

Matthew Bertolatus · · Minneapolis, MN · Joined Aug 2018 · Points: 0
F loyd wrote:

Who brags about not having a TV? 

What?  This is such a meme that the onion did a thing on it 2000

https://www.theonion.com/area-man-constantly-mentioning-he-doesnt-own-a-televisi-1819565469

FWIW I don't own a microwave.  Don't really miss having one. 
Harumpfster Boondoggle · · Between yesterday and today. · Joined Apr 2018 · Points: 113
Matthew Bertolatus wrote:

What?  This is such a meme that the onion did a thing on it 2000

https://www.theonion.com/area-man-constantly-mentioning-he-doesnt-own-a-televisi-1819565469

FWIW I don't own a microwave.  Don't really miss having one. 

^^^ guy who tells everyone he doesn't even own a microwave.

F loyd · · Kennewick, WA · Joined Mar 2018 · Points: 361
Matthew Bertolatus wrote:

What?  This is such a meme that the onion did a thing on it 2000

https://www.theonion.com/area-man-constantly-mentioning-he-doesnt-own-a-televisi-1819565469

FWIW I don't own a microwave.  Don't really miss having one. 

Dang, I was playing Warcraft and trying to look at blurry boobs on dial-up in 2000. Didn't even know what a meme was back then. 

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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