Monthly Archives: May 2017

Alex J. Honnold (Alone On The Wall)

American Alex Honnold is 32 years old.  He is the greatest free solo climber in the world.  He is living in just a van and he has all the climbing gear and food he needs.  He travels in his van to different mountain ranges and climbs them.  He climbs many 90 degree walls  -just him and the wall.  There are no nets, no ropes, no helmet, and no protection if he falls.  He also is a publisher of the book Alone On The Wall.  He is very humble and has made many speed records.  He climbs for fun and has no intentions of stopping until he loses the love for it.

He inspires me and causes me to want to climb.  This summer I am going to try climb Mt. Katahdin, the tallest mountain in Maine.  I really recommend you read his book.

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Here are some of the mountains he has climbed.

Big Wall

  • Yosemite
    • Nose of El Capitan: Speed record with Hans Florine on June 17, 2012.[11] Time: 2:23:51[2]
    • Solo of Half Dome in 1 hour, 22 minutes. May 2012.[12]
    • Freerider in Yosemite Valley in one day in May 2007 when he was 21 years old.[13]
    • Solo of Yosemite Triple CrownMt. Watkins, El Capitan, and Half Dome – in 18 hours, 50 minutes ; free soloing 90% of the link-up.[12]
    • Free solo of Astroman and Rostrum in Yosemite Valley in one day in September 2007, becoming the second person after Peter Croft (1987) to do so.[14]
    • Free solo of the Regular Northwest Face of Half Dome on 6 September 2008.[15]
  • Utah
    • Free solo of Zion’s Moonlight Buttress on 1 April 2008.[16]
    • Bushido and Hong Kong Phooey, in Utah, between 9 and 11 March 2008.[17]
  • El Potrero Chico
    • Free-soloed the Grade V big-wall route El Sendero Luminoso (5.12d) in El Potrero Chico, Mexico. The climb rises 1,750 feet up the limestone face of El Toro (The Bull), and sports 15 pitches—11 of which are rated 5.12. Honnold climbed the route in a mere three hours.[18]
  • Squamish
    • Free solo of Squamish‘s University Wall. He is the first person to completely free solo this wall.[19]


Single Pitch

  • Sport
    • The Green Mile: 8c+(5.14c). Alex Honnold’s most difficult sport climb on a rope at the Jailhouse crag near San Francisco.[20]
  • Solo
    • Free solo of Heaven (5.12d) and Cosmic Debris (5.13b) in 2014 in Yosemite National Park[23]
    • Free solo of The Phoenix, the USA’s first 5.13a.[24]
    • Repeats of Parthian Shot, New Statesman, Meshuga (solo), an on-sight of Gaia (and subsequently repeated it solo), and an on-sight solo of London Wall during a trip to England at the end of 2008.[25]
    • First ascents of The Rainbow Arch (5.12+, top-roped) and multiple small towers (free solo) in the Ennedi Desert, Chad, in 2010.[26][27]


Information found on Wikipedia.


WARNING! Heatwave!

There is a heat wave here in The Bahamas.  It is going to last for about 4 or 5 more days.  Between the hours of 11:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M., try to stay out of the sun.  You can keep pails or buckets of water in your house to stay cooler. Also, if you have pets try to keep them inside where it is cool.  A few people have already had to go to the clinic from dehydration.  If you need to be outside, wear sunscreen and a hat.  Always keep water with you.  Stay safe.


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Sea Turtles

When green sea turtles are born they are only 5 cm (2 in) long.When they grow up, they can be up to  1.5 meters (5 ft)   in length and  can weigh over 300 kg (700 lbs)  making   them the largest of the hard shell sea turtles. The dorsal shell of the green turtle, or carapace, is wide, smooth, and brownish-olive in color.

By: Monica

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Summer is coming up soon!  I am going to Colorado for a week or more.  I am going to Steamboat Springs for a camp that is about drama and dance.  I might even learn how to ride a horse!  I have never been to a sleep away camp before.  I hope it’ll be really fun.  I’m really nervous, but my uncle’s girlfriend is working with the horses there.  Having her at the camp with me will make me feel a bit better.  She also went there when she was my age.  I am also going to Nassau for a gymnastic camp.  I get to stay with my grandmother at this camp.  I can’t wait for summer!

By: Ella

Thank You!

This week is ”Teacher Appreciation Week”.  I would like to say thank you to all of our hard working teachers.  Thank you, Mr.Higgs our principal and grade 5&6 teacher.  Mrs.Rolle, Ms.Donnika and Ms.Williams thank you for teaching us and help us learn.  I would also like to thank Mrs.Amanda and Mrs.Laura for everything.  Lastly, thank you to all of our school volunteers who have helped us throughout the year.



By: Meredith

Music Recital

The music recital is coming up next Friday!  It is for everyone to show off their talents and what they can do.  I will be playing the guitar and singing.  Lots of my friends will also be performing on stage.  Some of the people who are performing have done music lessons.  The incredible teachers are Mr. Justin and Mrs. Carly.  We have all worked really hard and hope that everyone can come.  I am very excited and a little nervous because this is my first year playing the guitar in the recital.

By: Allie

This is a picture of the amazingly talented Summer!

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The Sea Cow

The local manatee, or sea cow, named Randy has been visiting Elbow Cay Harbour, so I though I should tell you a few facts about this marine mammal.

  1.  Did you know that manatees eat 7-15% of their body weight each day?
  2.  The closest relatives to the manatee is the elephant.
  3. Manatees can weigh up to 2,000 pounds!
  4. Manatees have three to four nails on each flipper.
  5. Their brains are smooth.
  6. They have no natural predators.
  7. Manatees are normally slow but they can swim up to 20 mph.
  8. They can live up to 60 years old.
  9. There are four types of manatees:  the West Indian Manatee, the Florida Manatee, the Amazonian Manatee, and the West African Manatee.
  10. Finally,  manatees are nearsighted and can see in blue, green, and gray—but not red!                                                                                                                                                                         By: Jack

Eleuthera Trip

Grade six is really close  to moving on from primary school to high school .  Right now they are doing the real deal, taking the G.L.A.T. exams.  It stands for  Grade Level Assessment Test and students have to take them in third and sixth grade.

After the test they will go to Eleuthera for the class trip!  It will be a good adventure .  Hope they have a good time.

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By: Monica

Sushi Night!

On Friday, May 19th, parents of Grade 6 are rolling sushi and selling them at the Hope Town School.  They will be available for pick up at the Hope Town Media Center between 4:30 and 6:00pm.  There will be ”Current Cut” for $12.00, ”Glass window Bridge” for $10.00 and more. Pre-ordering is not available, just swing by and grab a roll!  First come, first serve!

All the money goes to the Grade 6 Eleuthera trip.  Keep Calm and Eat Sushi!

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By: Meredith

Election Time

               Last week in the Bahamas there was the big election to see who would be the next governing party.  The polling station in Hope Town was at the library.  After people voted, a lot of adults had purple thumbs because you have to stamp your thumb so you can not go back and vote again.  Everyone was very interested to see who would win.  The FNM or Free National Movement took control of parliament winning 35 seats and the PLP winning 4 seats in the House of Assembly.  The leader of the FNM is the Honorable Hubert Minnis.  Also, the Honorable Perry Christie retired from politics.  Now the PLP has to pick a new leader.  It was a very intense election.

By: Allie

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