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Way back when.. before he was a household name.. before he had changed the climbing world for ever, @alexhonnold got in trouble with gym staff for skipping clips “Alex Honnold I gave him a temp lead card because he didn’t have his permission card with him. He skipped TWO CLIPS on the roof, was totally shocked I pulled his card for that. I told him he needed to speak with you before he could retest. He then waited till I left the desk and tried to reason with Devin about lead climbing the rest of the night. Devin shot him down. Nicky” Nicky you are badass 😂😂 & thanks to @pipeworksclimbing For sending me the pic! . . #climbing #climb #crag  #rockclimbing #bouldering #sportclimbing  #tradclimbing #tradisrad  #firstascent  #bigwall #climbing_pictures_of_instagram #climbinggear #hiking  #adventure #timetoclimb #climbing_is_my_passion  #climbingrocksandstuff  #outdoors #mountains #liveclimbrepeat #slacklife #climbinginspiration  #climbingworldwide #climbingrocksandstuff #climbingphotography #bigwall

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Before El Cap. Hell, before Half Dome, Alex Honnold was just another climbing gym kid in Sacramento pushing the envelope on the plastic crag. Who knew back then that he would later become one of the most famous climbers in the sport?

In a blast from the past, Patrick Mcredmond posted this photo of a note (the exact date of which is not known) explaining to gym staff how another employee named Nicky had to bust Honnold for skipping two clips on a lead route.

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“Before he had changed the climbing world forever, Alex Honnold got in trouble with gym staff for skipping clips,” writes Mcredmond.

The text of the note, not fully visible in the photo, is reproduced in the caption and reads:

Alex Honnold,
I gave him a temp lead card because he didn’t have his permission card with him. He skipped TWO CLIPS on the roof, was totally shocked I pulled his card for that. I told him he needed to speak with you before he could retest. He then waited till I left the desk and tried to reason with Devin about lead climbing the rest of the night. Devin shot him down.
Nicky

The note is apparently framed up in the gym next to a blown-up National Geographic cover of Alex Honnold during his historic Half Dome free solo (see below). How’s that for irony?

Found this at my local gym in Sacramento. Even Alex Honnold has to follow the rules sometimes.

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