Alex Honnold Sends Book of Hate (5.13d) and More.

posted by dpm on 05/05/2011

 

Alex Honnold is starting his Yosemite season with some difficult single-pitch climbing.   At Reed’s Pinnacle he repeated Ron Kauk’s 1990 sport route Crossroads (5.13d) then added a link-up beginning on the 5.13a crack Phantom and finishing up Crossroads.  Alex commented on 8a.nu that this new link Phantom Road (5.13d) is a “better line this way but a bit scarier.”

 

Alex in Yosemite.  Photo: 8a.nu

 

He was also able to repeat Randy Leavitt’s stemming masterpiece Book of Hate (5.13d) in odd style.  Alex chimneyed the pitch and commented that the difficulty was about the same.  It will be interesting to see if Alex continues to focus on difficult single pitch routes.  There are a few hard unrepeated cracks left in the valley.  One in particular comes to mind; Ron Kauk’s 1997 first ascent of Magic Line (5.14b) has been tried but remains unrepeated.  It looks pretty classic…

 

Ron Kauk on his unrepeated Magic Line (5.14b)  Photo: sacredrok.org