Rock climbing is increasingly appearing in Hollywood’s blockbuster movies, the latest example being a rather bogus climbing scene (gloves and all) in the, otherwise excellent, latest installment of Mission: Impossible, starring Tom Cruise.
Enough with Hollywood climbing…on to REAL climbing and the real life of one of the world’s best climbers! Coming to theaters in late September is Free Solo, the story of Alex Honnold and his dream to free solo the 3,000 foot El Capitan. As someone who’s climbed El Cap, I have always found the idea of free soloing this dizzyingly high wall as unimaginable…and impossible. Visionaries, however, don’t see “impossible” as a black and white thing, but rather something that’s negotiable—and perhaps achievable—given a deep enough dedication, focus, and belief.
Alex Honnold spent a decade on a mission to make the “impossible” possible. Free Solo is his story…
Alex Honnold’s Free Solo climb should be celebrated as one of the great athletic feats of any kind, ever.
—THE NEW YORK TIMES
About Alex Honnold and the “Free Solo” Film:
From award-winning documentary filmmaker E. Chai Vasarhelyi (“Meru”) and world-renowned photographer and mountaineer Jimmy Chin comes National Geographic Documentary Film’s Free Solo, a stunning, intimate and unflinching portrait of the free soloist climber Alex Honnold, as he prepares to achieve his lifelong dream: climbing the face of the world’s most famous rock…the 3,000ft El Capitan in Yosemite National Park…without a rope. Learn more at: FreeSoloFilm.com.
Bonus Video: Honnold on Jimmy Kimmel!
I think you’ll really enjoy this—Alex answers a series of sometimes funny layperson questions about free soloing El Capitan. This aired on July 13, 2017.
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