Alex Honnold does his first 9a!

At his hometown crag, climbs Arrested Develoment

16 September 2019
In Nevada, Alex Honnold has climbed Arrested Develoment, his first 9a.

Performance as a pure sport climber for Alex Honnold that on Mt Charleston, near his home in Las Vegas, solved Arrested Develoment, his first 9a. "I successfully completed the first Oscar/9a link up – going to the Oscar and climbing 14d in the same year” joked Alex. “It’s beena pretty cray year!”
This naturally refers to the prestigious statuette won by his film Free Solo, which marked a new limit for adventure films that will be impossible to overcome. Alex had already tried the route some years ago but at the time he considered it simply too hard. Arrested Develoment is in the Robber's Roost sector and was bolted by Joe Brooks in the late 1990s. It was released by Ethan Pringle in 2012 and then repeated by Jonathan Siegrist in 2018. Alex's is therefore the third absolute ascent.


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