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6/6/12 – Alex Honnold has soloed the “Yosemite Triple Crown”—Mt. Watkins, El Capitan, and Half Dome—in 18 hours, 50 minutes. He started up Mt. Watkins at 4 p.m. June 5 and topped out on Half Dome at 10:45 a.m. today. Honnold free climbed about 90 percent of the link-up, aiding only a little bit. He borrowed a chalk bag from some climbers halfway up the Nose of El Capitan after forgetting his.
One of the humblest climbers around, Honnold finally admitted what most of us have been saying for years. “OK,” he said, according to REEL ROCK Film Tour. “That was a big deal.”
About three weeks ago, Honnold completed this same link-up with Tommy Caldwell, finishing in 21 hours, 15 minutes. And just last week, Honnold clocked a blazing fast solo up the Regular Northwest Face of Half Dome in only 1 hour, 22 minutes, smashing his previous record of 2 hours, 50 minutes. On that ascent, he carried six cams and two daisy chains.
Dates of ascent: June 5-6, 2012
Source: Reel Rock Film Tour