Alex Honnold does not solo all the time. And he did not on-sight Phoenix. So, I suppose I can relate to that after all, because he admits it's intense in his interviews and at the same time admits he has his limits. He says he goes forward being able to down climb. He has the moves wired and goes over them in his mind, it is not like he is onsight leading it. His skipping protection "all that junk" "having to place pro" is a physical advantage, it only takes him a few minutes to get to the crux and he can still down climb. He says in analyzation of his solo's thus far that he feels he has not stepped into a place where he is out of control, nevertheless he also says sometimes he wonders if he has while he is climbing.

I doubt if he will fall if he continues to have the same amount of preparation and reservations about soloing in the first place. I did not realize there was any planning behind what he was doing, I thought he was just going for it. And … he also admits he does not get pumped.

But then again we are talking about 5.13, there is not a lot of wiggle room, and nobody's perfect. So given enough time something will happen. It's not safe.

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