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Watch Dean Potter and Alex Honnold Free-Solo Heaven, a Yosemite 5.13 Crack

The first free-solo was in 2006 and it's been lapped rope-less several times since

In 2006, Dean Potter made the first free-solo of Ron Kauk’s amazing route Heaven 5.13a on Glacier Point Apron in Yosemite. The splitter crack is over 300 metres above the valley floor. The second free-solo was by Alex Honnold in 2011 and again in 2014.

Potter died in 2015 during a wingsuit flying accident in Yosemite. Some of his most notable ascents include the first solo of Supercanaleta on Fitz Roy in Patagonia in 2002, the first ascent of Conception 5.13+ in Moab in 2003 and his first free BASE ascent of Deep Blue Sea 5.12+ on the Eiger in 2008. Also in 2006, he and Leo Houlding made the second ascent of Southern Belle 5.12dR/X on Half Dome. Watch Timmy O’Neill tell an epic story about Potter here.

Alex Honnold is one of the world’s best known climbers, thanks to his bold free-solos and big alpine ascents. He recently visited Yosemite and completed several big routes, including a 14-pitch free-solo of a 5.11, read more here.

Dean Potter

Alex Honnold