“Anybody can conceivably die on any given day. And we’re all going to die eventually. Soloing just makes it far more immediate. You accept the fact that if anything goes wrong, you’re going to die. And that’s that.”
Just saw a fascinating documentary movie today – Free Solo. It’s about rock climber Alex Honnold, probably one of the world’s greatest climbers. He did something that borders on the incredible – climbing the shear granite vertical wall of 3,200 feet at Yosemite’s El Capitan – all without a rope or aids. Picture placing your feet and fingers into little crevices in the rock – some only 1/2″ deep – with 1000s of feet below you. With nothing to stop you from falling if you slip.
“Imagine being by yourself in the dead center of a 3,000-foot vertical cliff — without a rope to catch you if you fall. For professional rock climber Alex Honnold, this dizzying scene marked the culmination of a decade-long dream. In a hair-raising talk, he tells the story of how he summited Yosemite’s El Capitan, completing one of the most dangerous free solo climbs ever.” Here he gives an 11 minute talk on how he did it.
Spectacular photography, and rather than spoil it here the documentary shows how they did it.
The face was first climbed in 1958, in 46 days.
Alex did it in 3 hours, 56 minutes.
He said, “Imagine that this is an Olympic Event, only if you don’t get the gold medal, you die”.
Maximum effort and focus for every moment.
What an incredible feat.