/ THE LOWDOWN: Alex Honnold: Big Balls in Boulder
According to Bishop Bouldering
"This line [...] involves some thin v9...
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There's no blurred line there Bjorn. That's a solo.
34 mats. Imagine if you missed.
Well, I doubt many people say they've "highballed" Flying Buttress Direct. That's soloing.
> There's no blurred line there Bjorn. That's a solo.
Absolutely - I'd want my e points not some measly high-ball tick!
Seriously scary and there's no way I'd attempt it.
It doesn't look like 34 mats in that photo, does it, more like half that.
And compare that to the mere 2 mats used by Jorg Verhoeven on Ambrosia and Katharina Saurwein on This Side of Paradise.
As for whether it's highballing or soloing - well, there are loads of other problems in the Bishop area where you end up at a height you wouldn't want to fall from, but they're still just boulder problems with V grades - that's the local ethic. This one is just an extreme example!
Nice one Alex.
There are bolts on routes in the Buttermilk Country, sport routes, mixed routes and non-bolted trad routes. There is some great cragging there.
I doubt any have been placed recently.
As I recall the Transport Room bolts were placed by Dale Bard for his partner at the time Bobbi Bensman. Tommy Hebert stripped them, then Dale soloed the line. Tommy at the time was working on what is now Ambrosia on a top rope.
Video clip now available of Alex working the line on a top rope - https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=343117585707713
Cheers for the link!
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