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Honnold Rips in Mexico: Updated with New Send

Update: Yesterday, Honnold and McCoy were busy sending their Mexico project-- Mi Regalo Favorito. "New 19 pitch 13c/d," wrote Honnold on Instagram. "Bueno!"

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McCoy and Honnold on the summit of <em>Mi Regalo Favorito</em>, a new 19-pitch line in El Potrero Chico. Photo by Alex Honnold. ” src=”https://d1vs4ggwgd7mlq.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/Article-Images/News-Photos/honnoldmccoysummit.jpg” /><strong>Update:</strong></span></div>
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<div><span></span>Yesterday, Honnold and McCoy were busy sending their Mexico project– <em>Mi Regalo Favorito</em>.</div>
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<div>“New 19 pitch 13c/d,” wrote Honnold on Instagram. “Bueno!” </div>
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<div><em>Mi Regalo Favorito</em> is located on the Outrage Wall in El Potrero Chico. The new 19 pitch line, which was bolted but never climbed by Kurt Smith and Jeb Vetters, takes a plumb line all the way to the summit.</div>
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<div><span>Alex Honnold has been on a vision quest in Mexico lately. Climbing with one of his “original partners” Josh McCoy, Honnold kicked off his trip by making the first ascent of </span><em>La Bestia</em><em> </em><span>(5.13d), which he speculates to be the hardest climbing in Potrero Chico.</span></div>
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<div><span>“This trip I’ve done this interesting little route that’s hidden in a mined out quartz vein,” says Honnold of</span><span> </span><em>La Bestia</em><span>. “The two walls of the cut are like six feet apart, so when you fall off the route you hit the wall behind you.” </span></div>
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<p><span>Moving on from </span><em>La Bestia</em><span>, McCoy and Honnold then freed an old A1 pitch on the Potrero route </span><em>Trail of Tears</em><span>. The free climbing on the pitch clocks in around 5.13a or b, according to Honnold. </span></p>
<p><span>“Surprisingly cool climbing,” he says. “It’s the 5th pitch so it’s in a cool position.”</span></p>
<p><span>Honnold and McCoy’s main objective in Mexico was to resurrect an old Kurt Smith and Jeb Vetters project—</span><em>Mi Regalo Favorito</em><span>—which has been bolted but never cleaned or climbed. However, the warm temperatures of Mexico stymied the team on the south-facing climb.</span></p>
<p><span>Chasing shade, Honnold and McCoy journeyed to the hinterlands of Los Remotos, after hearing rumors of a mythical wall called La Popa. The wall had been discovered and climbed by Jeff Jackson in the 1990s, and Jackson has been urging friends to visit the area for years. </span></p>
<p><span><img src=check out this Enormocast featuring Jeff Jackson.