Alex HonnoldPhoto: Alex on an intimidating sandstone arête made famous by The Sharp End by Sender films
has, together with Ivo Ninov
and Conrad Anker
made the... what? 8th? free ascent of the 30 pitch El Niño
, 8a+ (6 pitches between 7c+ and 8a+) on El Cap, first freed by
the Huber-brothers a decade ago. Could this be the first free winter ascent (FFWA)? Having spent a month or so wrestling, what in comparison are mere pebbles, in the UK, the 30 pitches of this route must have posed a formidable challange. In fact, Alex says he, although he climbed a bit at the Jailhouse before Yosemite, got his endurance back on El Niño. "It's funny to get back in shape for sport climbing by doing a wall".
A week or so later, and once again at the Jailhouse, he proved his sport climbing shape was indeed back by firing off Burning down the house
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