Jim Reynolds made waves recently with his up-and-down free solo of Fitz Roy in Patagonia. We got the whole, brilliant story from Reynolds, and we checked in with some of the best alpinists, big-wall climbers, soloists and Patagonia veterans to get their thoughts on Reynolds' accomplishment, its style, and where it fits into the long and storied history of Patagonian solos.
The alpinist beat the former record by nearly half, soloing the entire route in the process.
Below, Will Stanhope reflects on the incredible talent, compassion and thoughtfulness of his friend Marc-André Leclerc, and the myriad ways the late alpinist affected those around him. Leclerc, 25, died in the Mendenhall Towers, outside Juneau, Alaska, sometime in the days following March 5, 2018. He had just completed a first ascent on the North Face of the Main Tower with his partner, Ryan Johnson, who also died on the descent.
On January 31, Alex Honnold and Colin Haley completed the second ascent of the legendary Torre Traverse in 20 hours, 40 minutes, smashing the previous ascent time by three days.