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#25 Re: Alex Honnold and The Dark Side
June 10, 2016, 09:09:02 am
I thought he came across as a bit of a tit in Grimer's podcast tbh.

Listened to it last night, enjoyed it, didn't think he came across as that much of a tit - a touch arrogant perhaps, but when you're the best you afford to be (bit like Jerry in his prime?).

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#26 Re: Alex Honnold and The Dark Side
June 10, 2016, 10:05:49 am
Alex is one of the sounder yanks I've met, very intelligent guy. I dare say I'd sound a bit arrogant if I'd dedicated my life to something, was better than it than anyone before, and yet self-righteous 'experts' continually told me I didn't really have a proper perspective on the risks.

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#27 Re: Alex Honnold and The Dark Side
June 10, 2016, 03:44:26 pm
Exactly!

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#28 Re: Alex Honnold and The Dark Side
June 11, 2016, 08:21:01 am

Interestingly, perhaps the opposite. JR said he could see obvious signs of fear in Alex when he was filming this.(He also goes on to say it was also obvious how good he is at holding it together, as he looked scared but carried on climbing with absolute precision and icy control).

Alex was pretty open about it being scary once he topped out too. 

Agree with JB. He's really robotically calculated about stuff, and he's got it dialled when it comes to mental control.  Part of the deal with doing this stuff is being ultra-confident and that's what comes across, sometimes people are going to interpret that as arrogant.

Complete Scream is an ideal route for soloing if you're into that sort of thing.  Loads of rests, mainly on your feet and even though there's weird booming flakes, almost all the stuff you pull on is solid, plus the gear's pretty poor anyway all the way up.  Did you see the conditions Nick climbed it in?!!

https://www.instagram.com/p/BGaE7amOAlM/

Jordan also did the Dark Side the next morning.

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#29 Re: Alex Honnold and The Dark Side
June 11, 2016, 09:00:59 am
Strong orange talentless dog!

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#30 Re: Alex Honnold and The Dark Side
June 11, 2016, 10:31:08 am
Jordan also did the Dark Side the next morning.

Next morning? Jordan did the Dark Side on Monday (and it was sunny then).

Here's my pic:




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#31 Re: Alex Honnold and The Dark Side
June 11, 2016, 10:54:04 am
When did you get out to Fairhead Shark?  We were there until Sunday so must have just missed you.

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#32 Re: Alex Honnold and The Dark Side
June 11, 2016, 11:45:22 am
When did you get out to Fairhead Shark?  We were there until Sunday so must have just missed you.

Monday afternoon. Got back last night. Think you had the best of the weather.

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#33 Re: Alex Honnold and The Dark Side
June 11, 2016, 11:53:41 am
Gutted, looks like you still got a few things done though. Face Value was really good eh?

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#34 Re: Alex Honnold and The Dark Side
June 11, 2016, 12:02:56 pm
Gutted, looks like you still got a few things done though. Face Value was really good eh?

Very happy with what we did. Routes were pretty long, tiring and physical particularly after a long trad layoff so I would have struggled to do more even if the weather had been better.

Would like to go back but the logistics of a shortish trip are a pain. As there were two of us we ended up going on an Easyjet flight from Manchester to Belfast and getting a hire car (stung for 80 of car insurance we didn't want). I expect 4 in a car from Holyhead to Dublin is the best option. Apparently cheaper if you book it as I driver and 3 foot passengers.       

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#35 Re: Alex Honnold and The Dark Side
June 11, 2016, 12:15:32 pm
It was a bit of a cash hungry trip for us too - last minute ferry booking for the van, driver and a passenger - 270 return! If I was going back I'd be more organised and try to save a bit somehow.

We blasted in 3 routes for the first couple of days, then 2, then 1... Our brains seemed to be tiring quicker than our arms though! Intense, absorbing climbing.

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#36 Re: Alex Honnold and The Dark Side
June 13, 2016, 09:01:17 am
Did you get ferry from Stranraer Ali?

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#37 Re: Alex Honnold and The Dark Side
June 13, 2016, 09:38:06 am
Yeah. Just checked for a month away and it's more like 150 return, so if we'd been a bit more organised....  Still, it only cost us 2.84 per "E" point and 3.20 per * (for the ferry) so a pretty high quality & value for money trip  :smartass:

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#38 Re: Alex Honnold and The Dark Side
June 13, 2016, 09:40:14 am
Then there's the craic. Priceless.

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