Climber Alex Honnold Climbs 3000-foot Mountain Without Rope, Breaks World Record
After years of mental and physical preparation, one man has broken the barrier which was previously thought as impossible.
Alex Honnold, 31 years old, has climbed a rock face which was feared by many and conquered by few; all without any safety gear and equipment to secure him in case of a mishap.
On June 3, 2017 the nearly impossible was achieved when Honnold free soloed “El Capitan,” a feat nobody has ever attempted before. El Capitan is a rock formation in Yosemite National Park, California. The rock face is a sheer 3000ft wall that is riddled with different challenges.
For more than a year Alex Honnold would train meticulously day in and day out to prepare himself for the climb of his life. He has trained in different locations including United States, Morroco, Europe, and China. During those times, close friends and acquaintances swore not to tell anyone about Honnold’s plans of conquering El Capitan without any safety harness or equipment.
On November last year, Honnold attempted the feat yet he decided to back down an hour into the climb because he felt that the “conditions were not right”. He then came back a few days ago to accomplish this feat. Filmmakers from National Geographic Channel were there to capture the event.
Honnold’s route of choice in reaching the top of El Capitan is known as “Freerider”. Freerider is such a difficult route that it is even considered as news worthy when someone successfully climbs it with equipment. The route has up to 30 pitches which contain narrow chimneys, ledges as wide as a matchbox, and sections wherein you are required to dangle by your fingertips.
According to Honnold, when he first started mentally mapping Freerider there were a lot of pitches wherein he thought it would be really scary and almost impossible. According to Honnold, he slowly pushed his comfort zone further and further until he came to a point that those pitches would no longer appear to be as crazy and impossible as he once thought it to be.
Honnold was also humble enough to admit that he does experience fear during his climbs, but according to the accomplished climber, “with free-soloing, obviously I know that I’m in danger, but feeling fearful while I’m up there is not helping me in anyway. It’s only hindering my performance, so I just set it aside and leave it be.”
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