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Climbing El Capitan (and Alex Honnold)

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I think a lot of moms would be freaking out and trying to talk you out of it. Then it was time to relax and steel himself for the solo of a lifetime. This wall, the epicenter of American climbing, which was only first conquered in 1970 -- and that was done with a half ton of hardware screwed into the thing -- is still challenging the very best climbers in the world today. It's hard to explain the immensity of Honnold's accomplishment, what it means to free solo El Cap. Now you can get a taste of the climb in this video by National Geographic. Honnold met Sanni McCandless at a book signing in 2015; they became a couple soon after.

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Unlike backpacking meals, there is no point in dehydrating food when you also have to carry the water needed rehydrate it anyway. Evans documented the climb through a telescope on the ground and captured an image of one man who was wearing a strange, pink costume. He is an inveterate note-taker, logging his workouts and evaluating his performance on every climb in a detailed journal. But those pioneering climbs pale in comparison to El Capitan. You probably recognize El Capitan as the for the last few years, its sheer face cut across a gray sky, half bathed in shadow.

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'Free Solo': El Capitan climber Honnold on risks, love, death

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There are climbers—and eyes—all over the wall all season long. He also lives clean of alcohol, coffee, and other drugs. Alex Honnold even makes a brief appearance in this film too. When he topped out, I came close to tears with relief, as did many of us in the know. Initially, the easiest climbs were rated 5. Fame brings the weight of expectations: of oneself, from the public and from sponsors; of time, professionalism, performance and future feats.

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Free Solo Climber Alex Honnold Ascends Yosemite's El Capitan Without a Rope

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Only a precise foot sequence—entirely dependent on friction and a bit of steady, carefully balanced momentum through a series of undulations in the rock—will allow passage for a free climber. At 2,700 feet in the sky, over half a mile, that would be a difficult walk, and is a scary climb. He had a small group friends sworn to secrecy as he prepared for El Capitan. Stopping to place gear takes time, so whenever possible climbers will free any sections they can climb quickly with minimal safety gear. Or, depending on which metaphor you prefer, climbing's version of the moon landing.

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The world gasps in the aftermath of Alex Honnold's free solo of El Capitan's Freerider (5.13a, 3,000')

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Two months earlier, he'd done a of Freerider. While not yet prepared to attempt a free solo ascent of El Capitan, a younger Honnold tackled several other impressive rock faces in Yosemite, always with his ultimate goal in sight. As the only authorized guide service in Yosemite, these guides have climbed El Capitan dozens of times and are great teachers for climbers of any experience level. However, as climbers got better, it became obvious that the scale had to keep getting harder, so we ended up with 5. Freerider: one of the many challenging routes up the face of El Capitan Source: beyondtheedge.

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‘It's sort of the extreme’: Free Solo’s Alex Honnold on rock

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Yet he also tells me that easier, day-to-day soloing the kind that most rock climbers would still consider to be an extreme activity has lost some of its novelty, and even life-list solos sometimes leave him underwhelmed. The route follows a standard course that is replicated all over the world. After trusting his skill and endurance over hundreds of handholds and footholds and controlling his fear for just under four hours, Honnold pulled his body over the last ledges. The route Honnold took up El Cap is known as Freerider, a 3,000-foot ascent consisting of 33 pitches which was first successfully climbed in 1995. It occurs to me that it just might prompt people to check out Yosemite.

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. I sent him a Facebook message and urged him to be careful. Honnold started earlier than usual to avoid other climbers who might be on the popular route. Q: In the film, we see how you prepare and take notes. It was hard to imagine that El Capitan would be free soloed one day. Essentially, he had to exercise total control over the climb — or plummet to his death.

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