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Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell Complete New Linkup in RMNP

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@tommycaldwell and I just climbed what he’s calling the Continental Divide Ultimate Linkup (CDUL, pronounced cuddle, for how you stay warm during the night...). We climbed 11 classic climbing routes and summitted something like 17 named peaks across RMNP. We traveled from Meeker to Notchtop, which required basically 36 hours of constant movement with roughly 20k ft of vertical and 35mi of scrambling between the peaks. Though the stats don’t mean much because the terrain is so rugged that it’s hard to characterize it as “hiking”. Huge thanks to @maurybirdwell and @adam_stack for supporting us during the journey with key resupplies. And thanks Adam for this cool pic of us on the summit of Sharkstooth at sunrise. Big day out!!

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The alpine climbing dream team of Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell are at it again. With international travel shut down, they’ve been forced to focus on objectives a little closer to home, so it’s no surprise they’ve managed to put together a linkup right in Caldwell’s backyard of Estes Park, Colorado. Rocky Mountain National Park is home to some of the finest alpine rock routes in the country, and the duo climbed just about all of them in one push. They called it the Continental Divide Ultimate Linkup. Or as Honnold points out: "CDUL, pronounced cuddle, for how you stay warm during the night."

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The two have been known for these kinds of sufferfests, namely from their time spent together in Patagonia. While the weather might have been a little better in Colorado than down south, the fact that they spent 36 hours out and summited 17 mountains in the range, including 11 classic multi-pitch routes, is mind-blowing.

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