/ NEWS: More Hard & High Solos For Alex Honnold
Honnold soloed up the Original Route on Rainbow Walls, a 300m 5.12b, then on the same day he went on to solo the route Prince of Darkness, a 220m 5.10c and down solo Wild Turkeys to get back to the floor after his ascent of Prince...
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Yeah, exactly. By all means do this stuff if that's what lights your fire, but I'd be happier if it weren't in the papers.
"Though he said he "wasn't in any hurry" during the free solo, Honnold took just over an hour to climb the route's 14 pitches"
Bugger! It took me a day and a half......
I don't know. It all pretty impressive and important stuff, even if it appears a little mad.
So you'd prefer media censorship of any ascent that doesn't fit your idea of responsible? What if someone were (genuinely!) to onsight Indian Face - wouldn't that be similarly dangerous? Or is using whatever gear is available the deciding factor?
My view is that it's all climbing. Climbing necessarily involves danger and personally deciding upon an acceptable level of risk. Some will reduce risk by sportclimbing, some by leading only well-protectable trad routes, some by leading only easy scary routes. Some may only ever top-rope. Some will solo hard routes with a similarly low level of actual risk due to a level of climbing competence and judgement that others will find hard to comprehend. I say why draw the line anywhere. If climbing (trad, at least) has a common theme at all it's personal responsibility and risk management. We don't need the media to be telling us what is and isn't reasonable.
> Yeah, exactly. By all means do this stuff if that's what lights your fire, but I'd be happier if it weren't in the papers.
Oh no, it's Jenscoxmysteriously...
What next John? No pictures in the mags of helmet-less climbers?
> What next John? No pictures in the mags of helmet-less climbers?
Or indeed any roped ascents of routes with ground fall potential.
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