Alex Honnold, known for his free-solo tours, climbs his first 9a route with Arrested Development.
For the first time in 2019, Alex Honnold's focus was not on effective climbing, but on his film Free Solo and the associated trips and obligations - among other things, the film won an Oscar (LACRUX reported). For a few weeks now, everyday life settled down again for Alex and he devoted himself to the rock again. Based on a training plan by Lattice Training was Alex fit again and cracked his most difficult sport climbing route so far: Arrested Development in the area of Mount Charleston (USA).
“Important note about the video: I increased the playback speed. I still can't climb as fast as Adam Ondra. "Alex Honnold
"Yesterday I managed the first combination of an Oscar award and the ascent of a 9a route in the same year," jokes Alex Honnold. It had been a crazy year and he was all the happier to have cracked the route that he thought was impossible a few years ago. The following video shows Alex Honnold during the commission of Arrested Development.
First ascent by Ethan Pringle in the year 2012
The Arrested Development Route was established by Joe Brooks in the late 90s and Ethan Pringle first climbed it seven years ago (see video below). The line is located next to Route America's Most Wanted in Robber's Roost Cave.
Ethan Pringle during the inspection of the route Arrested Development
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