/ NEW ARTICLE: VIDEO + INTERVIEW: Alex Honnold - Triple Solo
This ascent is, to put it bluntly, mind-boggling.
Read more at http://www.ukclimbing.com/articles/page.php?id=4714
1:16 - foot slip... GULP.
E11...How refreshing to see someone who's not afraid of overgrading :P
"Try to get strong again"
Haha, yeah I'm sure with such an easy project like this, he must've really let his fitness slide.
He really doesn't like media does he. That's the second interview in which you get the impression he's not really much for talking to people for interviews.
Incredibly impressive. I really hope he doesn't feel pressured to try and top this with another mad soloing thing.
Incredible effort. Hard to even comprehend!
I'm not so sure - see the little "phew" at 1:30
Quite! Though not as daft as it sounds. I think Jack is trying to get at the mind set, what's required mentally, what's ticking etc.
However, for me, this did get my vote for L.O.L !!! moment of the year:
Jack: When you came over to
the UK a few years ago, you did some Hard Grit, and soloed London Wall. Spell it out, how does this 'Triple'
compare to that?
Alex: The triple is incomparable to anything in England [at least anything I know]. ..7000ft of
climbing is an awful lot.
Great interview though.
That did make me giggle too, "So Mr Wiggins you finally won the Tour de France, The World Championship and the Giro d'Italia - how does that compare to coming seventh in the Eddy Soens road Race in 2001?"
And the obvious question not asked:
" So Alex, do you think pitches like The Great Roof and The Changing Corners will be free soloed in the near future and are you the man to do it?"
Yeah, that's the elephant in the room all right. But I rather applaud Jack for not asking it.
Looking at that video, let's hope AH isn't planning on soloing any GG sport routes in the near future.
Noone is going to be free soloing The Nose in anything even resembling the forseeable future (I'd suggest not even in 100 years barring genetic enhancements for climbing!). Changing Corners and Great Roof pitches Alex (like everyone else) would struggle to redpoint let alone solo. They might be "given" 8b+, but are totally insecure and supposed to be utterly utterly nails for anyone with even slightly big fingers. Alex hasn't even freed the Nose yet - it's still only been freed by two people - Lynn Hill and Tommy Caldwell (Scott Burke got very close after an epic siege). There's a good reason for that...
But what is probably going to happen at some point not too far away is the first free solo of El Cap (ie the main section of El Cap - the West Face has obviously already happened). But it will almost certainly be Freerider when it happens (Dean has already free soloed sections of it.) Lets hope Dean or Alex don't get any pressure to do it though. The thought of it is pretty horrific to be honest (as Alex himself has said.)
> Noone is going to be free soloing The Nose in anything even resembling the forseeable future (I'd suggest not even in 100 years barring genetic enhancements for climbing!).
Probably - be nice to hear what Alex has to say about it though.
Having said that - if you could have asked Harding in 1958 "how long do you think it will be before someone climbs The Nose in two and a half hours" The answer would probably have been "Not for a thousand years!"
> But what is probably going to happen at some point not too far away is the first free solo of El Cap...
I was having this conversation at High Tor yesterday with two folks much better informed than I, and they reckoned Golden Gate. Harder but more secure climbing apparently. Yikes...
Yes, agreed, I was stupidly eliding 'soloing The Nose' and 'soloing El Cap'.
I have an idea - gleaned possibly from a supertopo thread on this subject - that Honnold himself has said he doesn't fancy soloing Freerider for the reason AL gives.
But anyway my main point was to applaud Jack for not raising it - I don't think we need any level of media pressure/expectation about it. History isn't kind to climbers with a big reputation as soloists.
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