Caldwell and Honnold on their Fitz Roy Traverse

Caldwell and Honnold on their Fitz Roy Traverse

Planet Mountain snagged an interview with Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold after their completion of the Fitz Roy Traverse in Patagonia.  While neither climbers have much experience with Alpine style, they were able to quickly hammer out this epic ridge line in 5 days with some help from other climbers and some luck with the weather. 

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Caldwell and Honnold complete epic traverse in Patagonia

Map of the path taken by Caldwell and Honnold

Caldwell and Honnold complete epic traverse in Patagonia

Rolando Garibotti reports on Super Topo of Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold’s completion of the “Fitz Traverse”, a truly amazing achievement!

“Between the 12th and 16th of February, Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold completed the first ascent of the much discussed “Fitz Traverse”, climbing across the iconic ridge-line of Cerro Fitz Roy and its satellite peaks in southern Patagonia. “

Daniel Woods nabs 2nd ascent of Paul Robinson's Lucid Dreaming(V15) in the Buttermilks.

From DW’s Instagram “Last night was a surreal moment for me. It was pitch black out with a couple lights shining to light up the golden pathway of Paul Robinson’s Lucid Dreaming (v15). The humidity and cold combination was just right to be able and stick to the glassy non existent holds. I had a nervous feeling in my stomach about what was going to happen if I got through the crux section and had to commit to the final 30 foot slab section in the dark (I did have a headlamp for the slab). Luckily, I had an amazing support crew to help me stay in the zone. I blasted my beats on my @goalzero #rockout2 speaker, chalked up and set off. Every move felt perfect and before I knew it, I was on top of the Grandpa Peabody boulder for Lucid’s 2nd ascent. This line is stunning, aggressive, and committing. Props to Paul for linking these moves”-DW

Alex Honnold Frees 1,500 ft. El Sendero Luminoso in Mexico

Alex Honnold Frees 1,500 ft. El Sendero Luminoso in Mexico

Take a look at Outside magazines account of Honnold’s latest free solo escapade, climbing the 1,500 foot limestone route El Sendero Luminoso in El Potrero Chico, Mexico.  A route the contains many pitches of technical 5.12 climbing, Alex and climbing partner Cedar Wright practiced the route four times before Honnold’s solo attempt, which Alex says “..felt pretty straight forward.”

Paul Robinson gets 3rd ascent of Daniel Woods’ The Nest (8C) and gives insight to Meadowlark Lemon Downgrade

After 8a.nu posted the news that Paul had made the 3rd ascent of The Nest in Red Rocks, Nevada, Dan Cannaday posed an inquiry as to Paul’s thoughts on the downgrade of his Red Rocks line Meadowlark Lemon (8B+, originally 8C).  Paul kindly responded with his thoughts.  See below. 

“That is a very good question, Dan.  To preface, my beta on Meadowlark Lemon was very different from each of the ascents after mine.  I worked the boulder alone and found a way to get to the top and though it may have not been the easiest it was feasible and that is the way I climbed it.  For me, this felt like 8C and I am assuming others would feel the same way.  New beta was discovered and refined and thus the downgrade to 8B+.  This happens with time and there is no harm in a downgrade when beta gets refined and perfected after the first ascentionist climbs the boulder.

If I was grading the two boulders off of how they felt to me (original MLL beta), I think MLL may be slightly harder as it was more consistently hard than the nest.  However, the nest has 1 move on it that is much harder than any single move on MLL.  This makes it difficult to grade, however, I do believe it falls within the 8C grade.  It is actualy quite interesting because Daniel, Jimmy, and myself did the crux of the nest all differently but thought it to be around the same difficulty.  It really shows the strengths of each climber and how we climb so uniquely at our limits.  

This is why it is so hard to rate boulders to begin with… we all climb so uniquely and that is what makes our sport so special :)”-Paul Robinson