How I climbed a 3,000-foot vertical cliff — without ropes | Alex Honnold

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.

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36 thoughts on “How I climbed a 3,000-foot vertical cliff — without ropes | Alex Honnold

  1. Something I am curious about, so he had to practice and practice until it felt automatic and there was no fear of messing up. But what if there was a deviation on his way up? Say a bird flying too close by, or a piece of rock falling off. You can practice and practice to achieve mastery, but one single outside event can mess the whole thing up. So this guy pretty much had to make up his mind that anything beyond his control was sure death.

  2. Here’s the thing. If you go straight up the rock you’re looking at 3000 feet. Alex couldn’t take that route though, so he had to traverse to the left, climb down quite some way, traverse again and then make his way up. That means the route was probably more like 3300 feet long. The 3000 feet route takes most people, as he said, 3 to 5 days. He did the longer route 4 minutes shy of 4 hours! That’s insane!

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