Honnold teamed up with Yosemite legend Tommy Caldwell a couple of weeks ago and the pair speed climbed 'the triple' in under twenty four hours, and now Honnold has gone back and done it alone.
"I free soloed about like 95 percent of it." commented Alex, "...I just use gear on the hardest parts. So I free soloed probably 6,500ft of 5-10 and 5-11 and I did other things for the other 500 feet or so."
Alex climbed most of the route 'free solo' - without a rope or any protection, and for the hardest sections he self belayed.
Alex described his experience in an interview on the North Face website:
"You're adrift on a wall in the dark and it's weird. A lot of the time when you're climbing with a partner through the night, you climb all night and think, "oh it must be midnight, we're getting near the top" and then you top out and the sun comes out and you think, "Oh my god, where did the whole night go?" Climbing through the night alone isn't that cool."
We hope to have more information and an interview with Alex on UKC soon. Watch this space.
Alex Honnold is sponsored by: The North Face , La Sportiva , Black Diamond , New England Ropes , Clifbar
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