Is it just me, or does anyone else seemed bothered or disappointed, by the fact that Climbing.com reports Will Stanhope and Alex Honnold’s latest adventure together, as the HONNOLD adventure? What the hell is wrong with the world? I saw this last week and just couldn’t let it go.
Now we’re not dumb, we all know Alex Honnold has a name and a reputation in the climbing world, (I mean the kids got talent) and it will attract hits on the home page I’m sure. Whatever. But where (might I ask) is the honor and decency (not to mention respect) in dismissing someone else’s hard work, vision and skill? Will Stanhope is a world class rock climber, strong both physically and mentally, and his whimsical approach is both refreshing and inspiring. Stanhope’s a local fool and hero to many, but I don’t need to remind anyone of that, his climbing speaks for itself. To clarify, bagging 4 routes in a day on the Chief was Will’s concept, Will’s plan, Will’s imagination, Will’s backyard, and he only needed a partner to either A) Hold the rope for him, OR B) To join in the fun.
Please don’t get me wrong. I love Climbing Magazine, I work with Climbing Magazine, and I check the site often, this is NOT slander, this is simply the expression of my dissatisfaction towards NEWS in our society – and the way it’s reported in general to attract flies to paper. Especially when it effects the people I admire. I am well aware that they mention Will in the “article” but it hardly does the boy any justice. For all we know, he could have jugged the ropes. Nor is this to single out Honnold, he’s a magician, an athlete and a much valued friend. Congratulations to both climbers, sincerely, it was a remarkable day on the rock, the only slagging remark I have is, why didn’t you punters climb a fifth route? You were done so early? 😉