Alex Honnold starts 2014 with a 500-metre solo.

Honnold soloed El Sendero Luminoso in El Potrero Chico, Mexico, in only three hours. Honnold and Cedar Wright climbed the route four times, cleaning it and rehearsing the moves. They added 300 metres of climbing to the true summit of the peak.

Honnold is known for his big wall solos. “Alex will downplay the achievement, but I can assure you this is one of the most cutting edge big-wall solos of all time,” Wright says. The solo went to plan, “It felt pretty straight forward,” Honnold said, “Once I started up, I was like this is awesome. I didn’t blow a single foot, like a ballerina.”

Honnold on route sans rope  Photo Cedar Wright

Honnold on route sans rope Photo Cedar Wright

El Sendero Luminoso climb up the face to the main summit

El Sendero Luminoso climbs up the face to the main summit

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  • chill

    Congrats Alex!

  • Mary Sunshine

    Even if you were on the ground I would stand in awe of you!