Alex Honnold


Quick Info

Nationality: US
Date of birth: 17th August 1985
Hardest Boulder (Worked): 8A
Hardest Sport (Worked): 9a
Hardest Trad (Worked): E10
Hardest Trad (Onsight): E7
Hardest Trad (Flash): E8
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Alex Honnold is one of the most accomplished solo climbers of all time. His ascents throughout North America and the rest of the world have pushed the soloing standard to new heights.

Most notably Alex was the first person to free solo a route on El Capitan in Yosemite with his ascent of Freerider in 2017.

Quick Info

Nationality: US
Date of birth: 17th August 1985
Hardest Boulder (Worked): 8A
Hardest Sport (Worked): 9a
Hardest Trad (Worked): E10
Hardest Trad (Onsight): E7
Hardest Trad (Flash): E8
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Alex Honnold is one of the most accomplished solo climbers of all time. His ascents throughout North America and the rest of the world have pushed the soloing standard to new heights.

Most notably Alex was the first person to free solo a route on El Capitan in Yosemite with his ascent of Freerider in 2017.


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Pics + Vids

Heaven (E6)
Added at 18:12 on 20 December 2022
The Nose (8b+)
Added at 06:05 on 25 May 2021
Gaia (E8)
Added at 21:02 on 07 February 2022
Belly Full of Bad Berries (E8)
Added at 13:03 on 28 March 2022
Wet Lycra Nightmare (8b)
View this post on Instagram

Added at 07:12 on 26 December 2022
Freerider (7c+)
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Added at 08:12 on 26 December 2022
El Sendero Luminoso (7c)
Added at 08:12 on 26 December 2022
El Sendero Luminoso (7c)
Added at 16:08 on 25 August 2022

Ascents

22 recorded ascents.

Year Climb Grade FA Ascent Date
2008 Moonlight Buttress E6 (Solo) 2008
Belly Full of Bad Berries E8 (Lead) 27th March 2008

I wouldn't call myself an offwidth climber but I just did the hardest offwidth in the creek.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2dIZt4FCeE

The Promise E8 (Lead) 1st November 2008

Third ascent.

https://www.ukclimbing.com/articles/features/the_promise_-_e10_or_e8-1466

End of the Affair E8 (Lead Flash) 7th November 2008
Knockin' on Heaven's Door E9 (Lead) 12th November 2008

I climbed the easiest way up to the gear on Born Slippy, then finished up the slab. Don't know what this is supposed to be but it's the most natural way up the cool slab.

Gaia E8 (Lead Flash) 12th November 2008

Not a true onsight since I've seen movies, but there was no chalk. Good times one way or another.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYbRNt4GjXE

https://www.planetmountain.com/en/news/climbing/alex-honnold-flashes-gaia-e8-6c.html

The New Statesman E8 (Lead) 15th November 2008

Awesome line. Much, much harder than the EOTA [End of the Affair] or Gaia. Thank to the random folk nearby for lending a few pads.

Parthian Shot (Pre 2011 Break) E9 (Lead) 16th November 2008
Meshuga E9 (Solo) 19th November 2008

Light rain, standard english fare...

The Master's Edge E7 (Lead Onsight) 21st November 2008
London Wall E5 (Solo Onsight) 21st November 2008
2009
2010 Ambrosia 8A (Boulder) 17th February 2010

Second ascent.

2011 The Phoenix E7 (Solo) June 2011

https://www.ukclimbing.com/news/2011/06/honnold_solos_the_phoenix_-_yosemite-62712

https://ukbouldering.com/board/index.php/topic,4660.3825/topicseen.html

Cobra Crack E9 (Lead) 11th August 2011
Heaven E6 (Solo Flash) 22nd September 2011

https://www.ukclimbing.com/news/2011/09/alex_honnold_solos_hard_yosemite_cracks-64266

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PmYl9gP2rK8

2012 Too Big to Flail E10 (Solo) 15th January 2012

[I was] shaking a bit up there. It's f***ing scary!

https://www.ukclimbing.com/news/2012/01/alex_honnolds_big_balls_in_bishop-66088

2013
2014 El Sendero Luminoso 7c (Solo) 15th January 2014

https://www.ukclimbing.com/news/2014/01/honnold_free_solos_el_sendero_luminoso-68652

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5oaoRDR5leY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Phl82D57P58

2015 Wet Lycra Nightmare 8b (Lead) September 2015

Second ascent?

https://www.instagram.com/p/8bmnWjQKtt/

2016
2017 Freerider 7c+ (Solo) 3rd June 2017

3hrs57mins!

https://www.instagram.com/p/BU5oSrWhFWW/

2018 The Nose 8b+ (Simul) 6th June 2018

A new speed record of 1:58:07.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XdOzbM_7GMI

2019 Arrested Development 9a (Lead) 13th September 2019
Passage to Freedom 8b (Lead) Between 28th Oct. 2019 and 31st Oct. 2019
Climb Grade FA Ascent Date Suggested Grade
Arrested Development 9a (Lead) 13th September 2019
The Nose 8b+ (Simul) 6th June 2018

A new speed record of 1:58:07.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XdOzbM_7GMI

Passage to Freedom 8b (Lead) Between 28th Oct. 2019 and 31st Oct. 2019
Wet Lycra Nightmare 8b (Lead) September 2015

Second ascent?

https://www.instagram.com/p/8bmnWjQKtt/

Freerider 7c+ (Solo) 3rd June 2017

3hrs57mins!

https://www.instagram.com/p/BU5oSrWhFWW/

El Sendero Luminoso 7c (Solo) 15th January 2014

https://www.ukclimbing.com/news/2014/01/honnold_free_solos_el_sendero_luminoso-68652

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5oaoRDR5leY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Phl82D57P58

Climb Grade FA Ascent Date Suggested Grade
Ambrosia 8A (Boulder) 17th February 2010

Second ascent.

Climb Grade FA Ascent Date Suggested Grade
Too Big to Flail E10 (Solo) 15th January 2012

[I was] shaking a bit up there. It's f***ing scary!

https://www.ukclimbing.com/news/2012/01/alex_honnolds_big_balls_in_bishop-66088

Knockin' on Heaven's Door E9 (Lead) 12th November 2008

I climbed the easiest way up to the gear on Born Slippy, then finished up the slab. Don't know what this is supposed to be but it's the most natural way up the cool slab.

Parthian Shot (Pre 2011 Break) E9 (Lead) 16th November 2008
Meshuga E9 (Solo) 19th November 2008

Light rain, standard english fare...

Cobra Crack E9 (Lead) 11th August 2011
Belly Full of Bad Berries E8 (Lead) 27th March 2008

I wouldn't call myself an offwidth climber but I just did the hardest offwidth in the creek.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2dIZt4FCeE

The Promise E8 (Lead) 1st November 2008 E8

Third ascent.

https://www.ukclimbing.com/articles/features/the_promise_-_e10_or_e8-1466

End of the Affair E8 (Lead Flash) 7th November 2008
Gaia E8 (Lead Flash) 12th November 2008

Not a true onsight since I've seen movies, but there was no chalk. Good times one way or another.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYbRNt4GjXE

https://www.planetmountain.com/en/news/climbing/alex-honnold-flashes-gaia-e8-6c.html

The New Statesman E8 (Lead) 15th November 2008

Awesome line. Much, much harder than the EOTA [End of the Affair] or Gaia. Thank to the random folk nearby for lending a few pads.

The Master's Edge E7 (Lead Onsight) 21st November 2008
The Phoenix E7 (Solo) June 2011

https://www.ukclimbing.com/news/2011/06/honnold_solos_the_phoenix_-_yosemite-62712

https://ukbouldering.com/board/index.php/topic,4660.3825/topicseen.html

Moonlight Buttress E6 (Solo) 2008
Heaven E6 (Solo Flash) 22nd September 2011

https://www.ukclimbing.com/news/2011/09/alex_honnold_solos_hard_yosemite_cracks-64266

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PmYl9gP2rK8

London Wall E5 (Solo Onsight) 21st November 2008
Climb Grade FA Ascent Date Suggested Grade