Alex Honnold

Alpinist: How does speed climbing contribute to our sport as a whole?

AH: Well, I guess it broadens what people consider possible. Lynn Hill couldn't have freed the Nose in a day if Long, Bridwell and Westbay hadn't made the whole concept possible. And learning how to speed climb walls in a place like Yosemite allows people to climb real mountains more safely and efficiently.

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Honnold speeding up El Cap. [Photo]Corey RIch