Alex Honnold – Free Soloing
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[Alex Honnold – Free Soloing]
[Jimmy Chin:] Source: LYBIO.net
So in terms of free soloing undoubtedly the greatest free soloist that ever lived is this kid, Alex Honnold. Pretty quiet, grew up in the suburbs of Sacremento, and he pretty much – you think next generation, and next generation what are people going to do. Well, he kind of skipped a generation and started soloing things that were unthinkable. I’m going to play a quick little video from – about Alex.
Free soloing has to be the ultimate in free climbing.
[Alexander J. Honnold (August 17, 1985) :] Source: LYBIO.net
So it’s a beautiful day to go out soloing.
To free solo is to go without a rope, to go without gear, to only have your rock shoes and your chalk bag and the power of mind. It’s also very profound. Reason it’s probably the ultimate is one wrong move, you fall, you die.
(beep) Let me try that again.
And the person at the top of this game, and it’s hard to even call this a game, is Alex Honnold. Alex Honnold is probably a perfect example of – is someone who has not only trained very hard, but is also unbelievably gifted. He is like Michael Jordan.
I spend my whole year living in the van, traveling from one destination to another. Yeah, I would say the Yosemite probably is the center of my climbing, did all my climbing goals, all my training, all kind of revolves around things that I want to do in Yosemite. This is by far my favorite place for soloing because the walls are so inspiring, like everything here is so big and that’s what gets me excited about soloing stuff.
One of the most memorable moments was pitch 22 of The Nose.
The Nose, 3,000ft wall]
[Alex Honnold:] Source: LYBIO.net
I put my rope away and switched to soloing. I just had a moment of like this is surreal-really cool, like I can’t believe I’m up here with no rope just climbing like this is rad.
Alex has now done the regular route on Half Dome free solo. So for most people on this planet who are serious climbers doing Half Dome in a day or two is considered fantastic. Alex did it in 3 hours, without a rope.
You know you commit, you are like “I’m doing this, here I go”. But then after like a couple of hours of being all committed you’re like “man I’m tired” and I’m like your mind starts to get a little bit tired. So I kind of stalled out and then I started to doubt if I was doing it right, or if I had the right holds. Why am I even here? You know – do I want to do this?
Just come back – but I’m feeling it.
Well that thing is uh – I’m like…
And that stalled him out, that paralyzed him. But then he overcame it. He didn’t work that route a hundred times. He just got up, below it, looked up and believed, absolute believed that it was well within his ability.
[Alex Honnold:] Source: LYBIO.net
It seems like in this last season I sort of embraced the whole experience. You know. Embrace the unpleasant parts too. It’s kind of cool to just look around, enjoy the exposure, like this why I’m here like this is awesome.
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