February 1, 2011

Alpinist Free Solo Features

I've been thinking a bit about free soloing as it is something I used to do relatively regularly. Generally, I never really free soloed 'hard' (in excess of 5.10 or WI5) climbs but did always enjoy pushing myself in this mode of climbing expression- especially the winter I was in the Canadian Rockies, or in the Italian and French alps around 2004-2005. Over the years, some of my favorite climbing moments have been on free solos. As I was thinking about this, I thought it might be a good time to revisit these old Alpinist features on free solo specialists! Here is a link to the Alex Honnold feature, and here is a link to the Guy Lacelle feature for some inspiration and perspective. Some of you may have seen these before, some not. Either way, I hope you get a chance to visit or revisit these perspectives from two world-class free soloists.

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