“I Really Wanted It To Be Badass”

More from Alex Honnold regarding his February solo of the 9 pitch 5.12b Monkey Finger in Zion:

Monkey Finger was probably my most anticlimactic “big wall” free solo. I really wanted it to be badass – for it to be something to feel proud of – but it just wasn’t. It was fun, it was good climbing, it’s a great route. But it just didn’t feel rad to me, which makes me worry that I’m getting a bit jaded. Still a good experience to be sure, and the hike off was lonely and beautiful, but just not quite the intensity that I was maybe hoping for.

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3 Responses to “I Really Wanted It To Be Badass”

  1. greg May 3, 2012 at 12:01 am #

    either he needs to pick up a new hobby (climbing related that is), get a stable girlfriend, or solo harder.

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  2. Chris May 7, 2012 at 12:18 pm #

    Just to give a sense of perspective, for many, many people, getting up a nine pitch trad 12b onsight with no falls would be the achievement of a lifetime.

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  3. greg May 8, 2012 at 12:50 am #

    He recon-ed it first, not onsite. maybe thats why it didn’t feel “badass”… Hope he’s not going to go and start doing dangerous things now.

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