Alex Honnold Summits Antarctica’s Vinson: ‘I Felt Shockingly Bad’

Alex Honnold has just climbed one of the Seven Summits — and it hurt more than his free solo of El Capitan.

He announced a summit of Antarctica’s Mount Vinson on Friday with a Twitter post describing a tough experience for him, and a “casual stroll” for his partner Esteban “Topo” Mena.

Honnold became “horrendously sick and vomited on and off all day,” he said. That might have been the result of what he describes as a “slightly aggressive itinerary.”

If you’ve ever watched a documentary for Honnold, you’ll understand that translates to something unrecommended to the point of insanity.


In this case, it’s climbing 4,900m mountain in two days: one to high camp and another day to the summit.

The pair thought it would be okay to try it, but “it definitely wasn’t the right call,” Honnold realized later.

“I felt shockingly bad,” he said. “On the other hand, we had the mountain all to ourselves, which certainly added to the ambiance.”

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