A few weeks back Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell blazed up the South Face of Mt. Watkins, the Freerider on El Cap and the Regular Northwest Face on Half Dome in a 21 hour push. Obviously an impressive feat, but at the time Honnold indicated that he had a bigger objective in mind.
In the ensuing weeks, Honnold free soloed the West Face of El Cap and did the Regular Northwest Face on Half Dome solo with a few points of aid in 1 hour 22 minutes. Not bad. But not finished.
Via the Reel Rock Tour’s Facebook page comes word that Honnold went and linked Watkins, The Nose on El Cap and the Regular Northwest Face on Half Dome by himself..in about 18 hours:
Wow! Just finished covering one of Alex Honnold’s most epic adventures for REEL ROCK 7 – The Solo Triple Crown in about 18 hours. Watkins, El Cap, and Half Dome, 90% free solo with a little bit of aid. Yesterday he started up Watkins at 4PM and topped out in 2:20, a speed record in itself. Next was The Nose, in 6 hours, in the dark. He forgot his chalk bag and had to borrow one from aid climbers half way up. Topped out Half Dome at 10:45 this morning. Here he is looking worked on the summit an hour ago. “OK,” he finally admitted, “that was a big deal.”
Look for this story as part of this fall’s Reel Rock Film Tour.
Ok, so maybe now he’s finished? Perhaps, but there are rumblings that Honnold is gearing up to have a go at the Nose speed record with Hans Florine. Stay tuned…
Update: More in this TNF interview
It’s cool, but I’ll be way more psyched after I eat something.