Onsight Free Solos By Alex Honnold In Utah & Spain

Onsight Free Solos By Alex Honnold In Utah & Spain

Sustained.  Awesome.  Amazing.  Three words to describe three different routes that were recently soloed by Alex Honnold, with two being done onsight.

Back in February Alex Honnold was in Zion in southern Utah where he decided to have a go at onsighting the “sustained” 8 pitch 5.11+ Shune’s Buttress.  He described the outing in this post for Clif Bar1:

The day’s summary: the 8 pitches of glorious climbing probably took less than an hour , the snowy nightmare descent took something like 4+ hours. But I had exactly the adventure I was hungry for, and today I’m actually content taking a rest day. I fed the beast.

According to his 8a scorecard Honnold also added a solo of the “awesome” 900 ft. Monkey Finger after a morning recon with Tommy Caldwell2.

Fast forward a few months and a trip to Chile later, and Honnold is over in Europe sampling Spanish routes both with and without a rope.  A few weeks back he onsight soloed the “amazing”, overhanging 5.11+ multipich sport route Fiesta de los biceps at Riglos de Mallos, an effort which he described in this post on PlanetMountain.

A little sample of the climbing on Fiesta de los biceps


Another development of note lately in the world of Alex Honnold is his creation of a Twitter account.  Since he mostly just retweets messages from adoring fans3, check out his Facebook page for a more active conversation.

Update:  Word from Honnold himself is that the twitter account is not him so stick with Facebook if you want to interact with the real Alex Honnold.

  1. Thanks to Luke for passing along this link
  2.  Which was presumably done with a rope
  3. Like this one from Fear Factor and UFC host Joe Rogan

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4 Responses to Onsight Free Solos By Alex Honnold In Utah & Spain

  1. JM April 17, 2012 at 8:21 am #

    Quick correction: the route name is “Monkey Finger” (not plural). I’ve seen it written as one word (Monkeyfinger) or as two; I’m not sure which is correct.

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    • Narc April 17, 2012 at 11:19 am #

      It would appear that I was looking at way the wrong route when I originally put this together. Thanks for the heads up.

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