On Aug. 17, 2014 Alex Honnold celebrated his 29th birthday by soloing 290 pitches over the course of one day. In only 16 hours, Honnold averaged a climb every few minutes.
“Some of the routes have been kind of wet, but it hasn’t been a problem. Oh, this is gross. This is the 5.10c direct, which I’ve never actually done before… I’m getting my money’s worth,” Honnold said on the Apron. He soloed 162 pitches on the Apron, about 5,000 metres of climbing by lunch. In the afternoon, he climbed another 138 pitches at the Smoke Bluffs.