We all know about Alex Honnold’s incredible achievement in free soloing El Capitan in June of 2017, but did you know that there was a tense rivalry between him and another climber that could have ruined his claim to fame?
Climbers Crag goes in-depth about the events leading up to Honnold’s successful El Cap attempt, and how another climber nearly poached the title from him.
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It’s pretty badass that Honnold basically said ‘fuck it’ and climbed the West Face before Dean Potter could, and then followed it up with the first-ever legitimate free solo of El Cap later on.
Honnold isn’t known to be overly competitive or brash, but I respect the hell out of him for protecting his legacy.