Honnold Free Solos Cosmic Debris and Heaven
Sep 26th 2011On September 22, Alex Honnold kicked off his day by free soloing Cosmic Debris (5.13b) for what is thought to be the hardest free solo ever completed in Yosemite Valley. Still feeling strong, Honnold then celebrated with a ropeless flash of Heaven (5.12d). After belaying Mason Earle on the climb, Honnold fired Heaven first go, sans rope, capping off a historic day of climbing. Honnold commented about Cosmic Debris on his 8a.nu scorecard, "Solo. Felt super locker. But pretty freaking cool to do." Of Heaven he wrote, also on 8a.nu, "Solo!! Thanks to Mason for working out the perfect beta. What an adventure! And such an amazing position." Cosmic Debris is located on the Chapel Wall in Yosemite Valley and was first free climbed in 1980 by Bill Price. The climb was featured in the film Dosage V with Beth Rodden making a free ascent. Heaven is a 40-foot overhanging crack located on Glacier Point in Yosemite Valley. It was first climbed by Ron Kauk, a leading Yosemite climber and part of the Stonemaster crew, in the mid 1990s. The route was first free soloed by Dean Potter in 2006. For a photo of Honnold soloing Cosmic Debris taken by Mikey Schaefer, check out the upcoming Rock and Ice issue, 199.