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Alex Honnold Completes Huge Red Rock Traverse – HURT

"Alex had put in the work and delivered a proper Herculean effort that brought him to finish line after a 32 hour push," said his wife Sanni McCandless Honnold

Alex Honnold has established a roughly 60-kilometre traverse that included 14 Red Rock multi-pitch routes, hiking and scrambling for well over 7,000 metres of vertical in a 32-hour push. He called the traverse Honnold’s Ultimate Red Rock Traverse or HURT. He’s no stranger to limit-pushing traverses, as in 2015, he received a Piolet d’Or for his 2014 traverse of the Fitz Roy range in Patagonia with Tommy Caldwell.

At the end of September, Honnold shared the news that he was back working on the massive traverse, which he’d been thinking about for some time. Honnold’s wife, Sanni McCandless Honnold, broke the news on her Instagram, saying, “This was no small objective to tackle amidst dad and life duties but your motivation and willingness to push yourself are really quite something.”

In the below photo that McCandless took, Honnold is about to climb the 22-pitch Inti Watana on Mount Wilson, which gets a solid 5.10+. Along the way, Honnold also free-soloed the 13-pitch Epinephrine, a classic 5.9 that he raced up in under 35 minutes in 2020.

If you’ve seen the film Free Solo, then you know McCandless has been Honnold’s number one supporter during his bold objectives. She said, “I definitely felt a bit uneasy as we hustled back to the car to unpack, repack, prep food, sleep, and get back out to meet him in Black Velvet for the final push.”