Alex Honnold is again in acquainted territory: Yosemite Nationwide Park‘s El Capitan, the place he and Tommy Caldwell set a brand new pace document final summer time by climbing the famed Nostril route in below two hours (and the place he made his death-defying free solo climb in 2017). This time, Honnold returned with climbing companion Brad Gobright for a free ascent of the El Niño route on El Cap, making them the second pair ever to take action, Rock and Ice studies.
“The ascent was stuffed with grunting, groaning and the occasional scream,” Gobright wrote on Instagram after the pair accomplished the climb.
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He and Honnold started the ascent within the late afternoon on June 10, and topped out 14 and a half hours later, in keeping with Rock and Ice. They adopted the El Niño route, which was first established in 1998, and included the Pineapple Categorical variation pioneered by Honnold and climber Sonnie Trotter in 2017. This variation makes it doable to free climb the complete ascent, and in 2018, Trotter and Tommy Caldwell turned the primary to free climb the entire route utilizing the variation. Speaking with Rock and Ice yesterday, Gobright identified that this route is just a little completely different from others on El Cap.
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“El Niño doesn’t have the wonderful endless splitter model of climbing that El Cap is understood for, however the climbing is fascinating and just a little scary at occasions,” he stated. “A lot of the arduous pitches contain technical face climbing.”
Wet climate has made this climbing season a dicey one in Yosemite, to the purpose the place Gobright wasn’t certain if he and Honnold would be capable of pull off El Niño this yr in any respect. Regardless of some moist situations on the rock face, and the truth that Honnold hasn’t carried out a lot out of doors climbing this yr, the pair made essentially the most of their climate window. Now it’s time for some nicely deserved relaxation.
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“My physique is tremendous wrecked,” Gobright wrote on Instagram. “I’ll most likely simply be napping, consuming and basking within the ship glory for the following couple days.”