16 Nov Alex Honnold, Muir Wall in 12 hours Romantic Warrior free solo
Alex Honnold did the free ascent of Muir Wall (5.13b/c) on El Capitan spending only 12 hours to reach the top and only some days before climbed the PreMuir (5.13c/d) also.
"I did them both with my friend Josh McCoy, who I learned how to trad climb with many years ago," Honnold said on Climbing.com. "It was awesome to have both adventures with him again."
The variant for free climbing of Muir Wall is called Shaft and was opened by Scott Cosgrove and Kurt Smith in 1994 during their attempt to climb free this route. They stopped near the top and only Tommy Caldwell whit Nick Sagar completed this work. Before Alex, only German climber Tobias Wolf and Thomas Hering did the Shaft just this year.
The PreMuir was climbed in 2007 by Rob Miller and Justen Sjong and till Honnold’s ascent, only two team did it before, Hazel Findlay and James McHaffie in 2012 and San Elias and Mike Kerzhner in July of this year.
Shortly after the solo on University Wall in September, Alex Honnold realized also the free solo ascent of Romantic Warrior (9L, 5.12b) in Needles, California, that in 2005 was climbed in this style but onsight by Michael Reardon.