“A True Midwestern Climber”

Alex Honnold, writing about his record-setting experience at the 2014 edition of 24 Hours of Horseshoe Hell:

By the end of the day our skin was wrecked and our bodies hurt, but we’d done a ton of amazing climbing. I did something like 150 pitches, averaging around 5.11c, which was good enough to retake the individual point record, which now stands at 43,490.


It was impressive that people who’d been up climbing for 24 hours straight could find the energy to party so hard. I certainly couldn’t — I went to bed early, which I guess just means I don’t have what it takes to be a true Midwestern climber.

I think I can speak for the entire Midwest here when I say that we would be OK with adopting Alex into the Midwest climbing club.  I mean, the guy does have some skills even if they don’t involve partying all night after climbing for 24 hours straight.

Posted In: Asides, Sport Climbing


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2 Responses to “A True Midwestern Climber”

  1. Dave November 6, 2014 at 6:15 pm #

    Nah, you’re not truly a Midwestern climber until you’re way above some manky pro at Devil’s Lake. That, and have lost your sanity due to the fact you can’t climb 6 months out of the year because it’s too cold or humid.

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  2. Cody November 7, 2014 at 8:04 am #

    That makes me feel pretty good being a midwestern climber thanks Alex for understanding our true nature. Climb hard, party harder.

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