Become a Member

Get access to more than 30 brands, premium video, exclusive content, events, mapping, and more.

Already have an account? Sign In

Become a Member

Get access to more than 30 brands, premium video, exclusive content, events, mapping, and more.

Already have an account? Sign In

Brands

News

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!"

Lock Icon

Unlock this article and unwrap savings this holiday season.

Already have an Outside Account? Sign in

Outside+ Logo

Now 30% Off.
$4.99/month $3.49/month*

Get the one subscription to fuel all your adventures.


  • Map your next adventure with our premium GPS apps: Gaia GPS Premium and Trailforks Pro.
  • Read unlimited digital content from 15+ brands, including Outside Magazine, Triathlete, Ski, Trail Runner, and VeloNews.
  • Watch 600+ hours of endurance challenges, cycling and skiing action, and travel documentaries.
  • Learn from the pros with expert-led online courses.
Join Outside+

*Outside memberships are billed annually. Print subscriptions available to U.S. residents only. You may cancel your membership at anytime, but no refunds will be issued for payments already made. Upon cancellation, you will have access to your membership through the end of your paid year. More Details

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>
<div><span><strong><br /></strong></span></div>
<div><span></span>Yesterday, Honnold and McCoy were busy sending their Mexico project– <em>Mi Regalo Favorito</em>.</div>
<div></div>
<div>“New 19 pitch 13c/d,” wrote Honnold on Instagram. “Bueno!” </div>
<div></div>
<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>
<div></div>
<div>***  </div>
<div><span><br /></span></div>
<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>
<div><span><br /></span></div>
<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>
<div>
<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.