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Man Makes History By Climbing 1,500-Foot El Sendero Luminoso With No Net

Not The Onion:

In January, Honnold made history by becoming the first person to ever scale El Sendero Luminoso (Mexico) without the help of other climbers or safety equipment. That’s right, one wrong move could have produced devastating results.

El Sendero Luminoso is rated at 5.12d on the Yosemite Decimal System, which means “the surface is as smooth as glass and vertical.” The scale only goes up to 5.13.

Oh?

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Steven Roth & Ethan Pringle Go Big

Alex Honnold’s boulder problem free solo Too Big To Flail, which was featured in 2012’s Reel Rock 7, has seen a lot of action of late.  First up was Lonnie Kauk who repeated the problem late last year, and then this past weekend Ethan Pringle and Stephen stepped and repeated the line as reported in this post by DPM:

Roth, a relatively unknown Berkeley college student who works at Touchstone Climbing, went first and, utilizing slightly different beta than Pringle, steadily cruised the line and was standing on top in disbelief in minutes. His movement was confident and precise, just like his prior burns on top rope, and his execution was flawless.

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Teaser: Alex Honnold’s El Sendero Luminoso Free Solo

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El Sendero Luminoso Q & A With Alex Honnold

Alpinist caught up with Alex Honnold for a little Q & A about his recent free solo of El Sendero Luminoso in El Potrero Chico, Mexico:

I used to be scared of spiders but I kind of got over it. I mean, with a route like El Sendero, I definitely felt some anxiety or nervousness beforehand, but I think a lot of that comes with experiencing something new. I didn’t know how it would go because I’d never done anything like it before. Stepping into the unknown is always a little unnerving. But I wouldn’t necessarily call that scary, I’d call it more stimulating than anything.

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Like A Ballerina

Alex Honnold, after soloing the sustained 1,500+ ft. 5.12 El Sendero Luminoso in El Potrero Chico, Mexico:

“It felt pretty straight forward,” he says. “Once I started up, I was like this is awesome. I didn’t blow a single foot—like a ballerina.”

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More On Alex Honnold’s Skyscraper Climb

Me, back in July when it was announced that Alex Honnold would be soloing a building on live TV this fall1:

Then again, Honnold has always struck me as being rather pragmatic and I’m guessing this sort of stunt pays a lot better than anything with actual rock climbing involved.

Alex Honnold, in the Outside Online article revealing that he will be climbing the 1,667 ft. tall  Tapei 101, the 2nd tallest skyscraper in the world:

Honnold won’t discuss specific figures, but he acknowledges that he’ll be paid “vastly more than anything I’ve encountered in the climbing world” for the project.

Makes sense.

  1. At the time it was said to be happening this fall but has apparently been pushed back to some time in 2014
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Behind The Scenes Of Alex Honnold’s Free Solo During Goal Zero Commercial

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