Free soloing machine Alex Honnold seem to be branching out from pure rock to more alpine endeavours.
After his free solo of El Sendero Luminoso (El Potrero Chico, V 5.12d) he partnered with Tommy Caldwell to climb Fitzroy traverseFitzroy3440mNorth pillar7a,C1, 65°3600m. Talk about hitting the ground running as this is his first route in Patagonia. Central part of traverse from Aguja Guillamet - Aguja Mermoz - Fitzroy consists of Care Bear TraverseFitzroy3440mNorth pillarnccs VI 5.11 A03 days, itself a noteworthy outing.
- Honnold and Caldwell Make Epic First Ascent of Fitzroy Traverse. Between the 12th and 16th February, Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell made the first complete traverse of the Fitzroy ridge. The ridge itself is frankly MASSIVE. They covered 5 kilometres, climbed 4000 vertical metres and encountered difficulties up to 7a. The key to their speed was simul climbing, where both climbers climb at the same time, placing protection between them. The risks are higher because you aren't being belayed in the traditional way, but it means you can eat terrain up and is a commonly used method on longer routes. To give you an idea, they climbed the 20 pitch Pillar Goretta on Fitzroy in 3 simul climbing pitches. Well done guys! Photos Courtesy of: Alex Honnold Video Courtesy of: Next up we have the next episode of Sub Zero, check out the series here: You Won't Believe How This Ice Climber Trains to Scale Frozen Waterfalls | Sub-Zero, Ep. 2. By EpicTV at Youtube.
- NEWSFLASH: Fitzroy Traverse for Honnold and Caldwell. American climbers Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell have made the first ascent of the 5km long Fitzroy Traverse in Patagonia, Argentina. By Jack Geldard at UKC Climbing on 2014-02-18.
- Caldwell, Honnold Finish 5k Fitz Roy Traverse. "Between February 12 and 16, Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold completed the first ascent of the much discussed "Fitz Traverse," climbing across the iconic ridgeline of Cerro Fitz Roy and its satellite peaks in southern Patagonia." By Rolando Garibotti at Alpinist on 2014-02-18.
- The Fitz Traverse/La Travesía del Fitz. Aguja Guillaumet, Aguja Mermoz, Cerro Fitz Roy, Aguja Poincenot, Aguja Rafael Juárez, Aguja Saint-Exúpery and Aguja De l'S. By Rolando Garibotti at PataClimb.com on 2014-02-18.
- New Englanders Complete Huge Traverse in Patagonia. New Hampsherites Dana “Mad Dog” Drummond and Freddie Wilkinson have done a superb three-day traverse of Aguja Guillaumet, Aguja Mermoz, and Fitz Roy by its North Pillar. Care Bear Traverse (VI 5.11 A0 by Dana Drummond & Freddie Wilkinson 2008). By Dougald MacDonald at Climbing Magazine.
- El Potrero Free Solo: A Q&A with Alex Honnold. "Six years ago, Alex Honnold stood in the streets of El Potrero Chico, Mexico, staring up at a striking line on El Toro's Central Pillar called El Sendero Luminoso (V, 5.12d). In that moment, he knew he had found a route he could solo that was unlike any other in North America." By David Crothers at Alpinist on 2014-01-20.
- The North Face: Alex Honnold - El Sendero Luminoso. On January 15, 2014, Alex Honnold free-soloed El Sendero Luminoso (The Shining Path) in El Portrero Chico, Mexico in a little over 3 hours. The climb rises 2,500 feet to the summit of El Toro. It could be the most difficult rope-less climb in history. By The North Face at Youtube on 2014-02-12.