Watch Alex Honnold free-solo Astroman 5.11 in Yosemite. The first climber to free-solo it and the Rostrum 5.11 in a day was Canadian Peter Croft in 1987. In 2017, Honnold free-soloed Freerider 5.13a on El Capitan. After his historic climb, he said the following to Mark Synnott in this interview about what he was thinking about on the wall:
“During all the easy terrain, in the middle, through the Monster and up to the Spire, I was thinking about random stuff—the whole village of people who have supported me on this. I got an email from (friend and climbing partner Conrad Anker) this morning. So I was thinking about Conrad and his whole ethos of ‘be kind, be good, be happy.’
“And I was also thinking in terms of life goals. This has been my biggest life goal for years. And the other one is to climb 9a—to sport climb real hard. So I’m halfway up the wall and thinking it’s time to focus on 5.14d. It’s so exciting to work on something hard.” Honnold sent 5.14d earlier this year.
Some of Honnold’s Bold Solos
– Freerider 5.13: first free solo ascent on El Capitan on June 3, 2017, in three hours, 56 minutes.
– Free-solo of Heaven 5.12d and Cosmic Debris 5.13b in 2014 in Yosemite.
– Free-solo of The Phoenix 5.13a, America’s first crack of the grade.
– The complete traverse of the Fitz Roy massif in Patagonia over five days with Tommy Caldwell in February 2014.
– Solo of the Regular Northwest Face of Half Dome in one-hour, 22 minutes in May 2012.
– Solo of Yosemite Triple Crown — Mount Watkins, El Capitan and Half Dome – in 18 hours, 50 minutes (free soloing 90% of the link-up).
– Free-solo of Astroman and Rostrum in one day in September 2007, becoming the second person after Peter Croft (1987) to do so.
– Free-solo of the Regular Northwest Face of Half Dome on Sept. 6, 2008.
– Free-solo of Zion’s Moonlight Buttress on April 1, 2008.
– Free-soloed the 15-pitch El Sendero Luminoso 5.12d in El Potrero Chico, Mexico in three hours.
– Free-solo of Squamish’s University Wall 5.12. He is the first person to completely free-solo the wall.