Home page Planetmountain.com
The magnificent Mallos de Riglos in Spain
Photo by Guillaume Dargaud

Alex Honnold solos Fiesta del bíceps at Riglos de Mallos


On 30 March 2012 American climber Alex Honnold soloed Fiesta del biceps at Riglos de Mallos, Spain.

One of the most famous multi-pitch sport climbs in Spain - and Europe for that matter - the beautiful Fiesta del bíceps at the evocative Mallos de Riglos in Spain has been soloed, on-sight, by American climber Alex Honnold. The 250m high route takes a fabulous and exposed line up the La Visera face via an incredible series of enormous holds with difficulties up to 7a and had been soloed in 1989 by Carlos García. Honnold had been sport climbing at Oliana and Tres Ponts and acting on a tip-off from friends decided to visit Riglos do carry out his ascent, which he describes below. And for more images of Mallos de Riglos check out www.gdargaud.net.

Fiesta del biceps by Alex Honnold
I'd heard about Fiesta the first time I visited Rodellar 3 years ago but I never got to go. Lots of people told me how amazing it was and all my friends had climbed it. It seemed like a good candidate for soloing just because it's so popular and it's in the right grade range.

When I got there I hadn't even seen a topo, though my friend Hazel sort of described the climbing so I would know roughly where it went and what it was all about. I got up at light, or just before light really. I forget the times now but it took a little more than an hour I think, based on the church bells ringing in town. About an hour. The whole experience took about 3 hours car to car, but that includes eating some breakfast at the base and all that. It was pretty fun.

I was sort of psyched to climb on something different, just to have a new experience. It's an amazing position. I'm not used to soloing anything so steep. Normally I prefer keeping my feet on all the time but on that route it just gets more and more exposed. Pretty amazing! It was a fun little day-trip away from Oliana. A good adventure, exciting, but nothing too crazy.





Full text search


EXPO / Products
EXPO / Company News
Planetmountain.com logo
Planetmountain.com: climbing, alpinism, mountaineering, trekking, via ferrata, freeride skiing, ski mountaineering, snowboarding and ice climbing worldwide. Furthermore the site contains technical gear reviews, book and film reviews, expert advice, mountain photos, sport climbing competitions.
The information is indicative and subject to change due to the nature of the mountain environment. Given the inherently risky nature of the activities described within, Planetmountain.com does not assume any responsibility for the use of the information published.

SUBSCRIBE to receive the weekly newsletter with all the latest news from planetmountain.com

Recent Comments Ice
  • L'uomo Volante
    Il 10 giugno 2017, insieme all'amico Michele, decidiamo di r ...
    2017-07-12 / Enrico Maioni
  • Gallo George
    Il 16 luglio 2016, invogliati dalla relazione, ci siamo avve ...
    2017-07-12 / Enrico Maioni
  • All-in
    Francesco Salvaterra e Filippo Mosca 27 gennaio 2017, probab ...
    2017-02-02 / Francesco Salvaterra
  • Una via per te fatta in tre
    Prima ripetizione effettuata il 3/11. Da rettificare la diff ...
    2015-11-13 / maurizio piller%20hoffer