posted by dpm on 09/28/2011
Last March, Alex Honnold dropped the jaws of Yosemite locals by soloing The Phoenix (5.13a). The prime season has barely begun in Yosemite and Honnold is at it again. This time he’s stepped up to a greater challenge by soloing Cosmic Debris (5.13b). The route follows a splitter finger crack with unthinkable fall potential. You may remember seeing footage of Beth Rodden climbing this route with a rope (which she falls on repeatedly) in the film Dosage V. Rodden, obviously a very talented crack climber, refers to it as “a mini war” while Honnold remarked that it “felt super locker.”
He also managed a ropeless flash of Heaven (5.12d) which had been previously soloed by Dean Potter. On another single day Honnold had a “fun day of scrambling” by soloing Astroman (5.11c, 1000 feet) and The Rostrum with the Alien roof variation (5.12b, 1000 feet).
Click the image to see Dean Potter soloing Heaven (5.12d).