Alex Honnold Solos Univesity Wall 5.12 in Squamish

September 2nd, 2014 by | Posted in Mountain, News, Rock |

Alex Honnold made the first free-solo ascent of University Wall 5.12, one of Squamish’s most iconic routes, in 2014. Tim Auger, Hamish Mutch, Dan Tate and Glenn Woodward made the first ascent of University Wall over a number of sessions between 1965 and 1966.

In 1982, Peter Croft, Greg Foweraker and Hamish Fraser made the first free ascent of University Wall at 5.12a.

Honnold soloed the route, including the upper four pitches of the Roman Chimneys, car-to-car in only two hours. His solo is one of the most cutting-edge and bold sends in the history of Canadian rock climbing.

On Aug. 17, Honnold soloed 290 pitches in and around Squamish for his 29th birthday. On July 30, 2010 Honnold and Will Stanhope linked four routes in a day on The Chief The Free Grand 5.13b, University Wall 5.12a, Northern Lights 5.12a and Freeway 5.11c. In total they climbed 40 pitches in 13.5 hours.