Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold are two of the world’s most well known climbers and they were recently at the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival. In February 2015, Caldwell and Honnold spent five days completing the first Fitz Traverse 5.11d C1 5,000 m, which is a continuous linkup of Cerro Fitz Roy and its nine satellite peaks.
In some places, the rock was plastered in rime ice, but with such a long weather window they made the most of it. The Fitz Traverse earned Caldwell and Honnold a Piolet d’Or award and after the climb, a movie called A Line Across the Sky was produced by Sender Films and featured at the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival.
Besides being one of the most impressive ascents of the decade, it was obvious Caldwell and Honnold are great friends. Gripped editor Brandon Pullan caught up with Caldwell and Honnold in Banff, watch below.
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@colinhaley1 coiling ropes on the summit of Torre Egger during our traverse of the Torres. After an ascent of a lifetime like that I'm sort of inclined to sit in town and rest a while but the weather is already good again so we're headed back in for more. Colin has unwavering motivation for the mountains, which is probably what makes him one of the best alpinists in the world. I feel more of a tourist's level of motivation in the mountains: inspiring to see them and have adventures but no need for TOO much. We'll see how this weather window goes!