Honnold Onsight Solos Fiesta de los Biceps

by Jack Geldard - UKC Chief Editor Apr/2012
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American climber Alex Honnold has onsight soloed the classic Spanish multi pitch 7a of Fiesta de los Biceps on the conglomerate towers of Riglos.

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+Riglos, Spain. The classic route of Fiesta de los Biceps takes the left side of the steep face on the right., 221 kb
Riglos, Spain. The classic route of Fiesta de los Biceps takes the left side of the steep face on the right.
UKC News, Apr 2012
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+Alex Honnold Video Portrait, 39 kb
Alex Honnold
The route is around 300m in length and is usually tackled in eight pitches. The face is impressively steep, and the climbing follows generally large holds, which, due to the amazing conglomerate rock, are like 'glued on potatoes'. The technical crux is a thin and not so steep section on the third pitch.

Alex climbed the route without a rope, onsight and commented after his ascent:

"There were a few chalked holds that I didn't use, they looked like they weren't held on by enough for me to trust."

The following day Alex visited the world famous Spanish sport cliff of Oliana, where he climbed two 8bs, an 8a+ and an 8a in a day.

Alex is well known for his hard ropeless climbs and has made several ground breaking solos in America. Several years ago he also made a short trip to the Peak District where he soloed Gaia (E8) and London Wall (E5) as well as climbing lots of other hard routes with a rope.


Alex Honnold is sponsored by: The North Face , La Sportiva , Black Diamond , New England Ropes , Clifbar

 


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