Alex Honnold In Red Rocks

On a recent visit to Red Rocks outside Las Vegas, NV Alex Honnold soloed the 1000 ft. Original Route (5.12b) on Rainbow Wall and Prince Of Darkness (5.10c) in Black Velvet Canyon, down soloing Dream Of Wild Turkey (5.10a) to get off of the latter climb.  He comments on his scorecard, “I know 8a doesn’t promote risk taking, but some experiences are life affirming.”  Thanks to Luke for the tip.  Further details, including thoughts from Honnold, are available at

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3 Responses to Alex Honnold In Red Rocks

  1. Paul Campbell May 12, 2010 at 12:56 pm #

    Downclimbed Dream of Wild Turkeys LOL, Honnold is insane… and awesome!

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  2. steve May 13, 2010 at 4:11 pm #

    I’d much rather downclimb DOWT than up climb either of the other two. Of course, that’s because I fell on RW so I’d be dead. Very impressive day indeed. Amazing.

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  3. climbingguy May 14, 2010 at 12:03 am #

    Someone needs to sequence Honnold’s DNA…he is clearly part Gecko.

    My partner and I did a clean onsight of P of D, and I cannot imagine anyone soloing that route. From the second pitch to the top it is completely smooth, with no place to stop for a full rest that I recall, definitely no ledges, and there are no hand jams to rest on. It is pretty much a crimpfest for 700 feet. It also felt harder to me than the 10c it is rated..the crux felt 11a to me (YMMV)


    Honnold needs to have S Davis teach him to base jump. :0

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