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UKC News 12 Jun 2019
Alex Honnold and Brad Gobright have teamed up to make the second free ascent of El Niño (5.13c/8a+) via a three-pitch extension called Pineapple Express. The variation was first climbed by Sonnie Trotter and Honnold in 2018. Honnold was unable to join Trotter for the final push, therefore Trotter, supported by Tommy Caldwell, free climbed the route in a 13-hour push.

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snoop6060 12 Jun 2019
In reply to UKC News:

Was the word 'push' in this context invented by Tommy caldwell when he did dawn wall?

Because I like Tommy caldwell, seems a nice chap. But I'll struggle to forgive him for this

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cb294 12 Jun 2019
In reply to snoop6060:

No, has been in use forever in Alpine / greater ranges climbing.

CB

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Pedro50 12 Jun 2019
In reply to snoop6060:

> Was the word 'push' in this context invented by Tommy caldwell when he did dawn wall?

> Because I like Tommy caldwell, seems a nice chap. But I'll struggle to forgive him for this

Tommy's use of the term in his book title is of course a deliberate ambiguity referring to a previous key event in his life. 

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Twiggy Diablo 13 Jun 2019
In reply to UKC News:

> Alex has done almost no outside climbing this year

Sounds unusual for Alex - any idea why this is?

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tjdodd 13 Jun 2019
In reply to Twiggy Diablo:

I guess most of his time has been spent in interviews on Free Solo.

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flaneur 13 Jun 2019
In reply to Twiggy Diablo:

> Sounds unusual for Alex - any idea why this is?

Oscars don’t win themselves. 

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