Alex Honnold Soloing El Cap in 360 Fri Night Vid

Tonight's Friday Night Video features 'man of the moment' Alex Honnold. On 3rd June 2017, Honnold stunned the climbing and non-climbing world alike into awed silence with his free-solo ascent of Freerider 5.12d on El Capitan, Yosemite. An inevitable media frenzy akin to that generated by the Dawn Wall ensued - and rightly so. Equipped only with shoes and a chalkbag, he calmly ascended the 3,000ft granite monolith in just 3 hours and 56 minutes.

A feature film Free Solo by acclaimed adventure filmmakers Jimmy Chin and E. Chai Vasarhelyi is currently doing the rounds at major festivals and special screenings. In this 360 virtual reality video by the Free Solo team and National Geographic, you too can get a sense of what it might be like to climb without a rope 3,000ft (or indeed much lower...) above Yosemite Valley.

Read a UKC interview with Honnold about his solo ascent below:

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Alex Honnold is a professional rock climber whose audacious free-solo ascents of America’s biggest cliffs have made him one of the most recognised and followed climbers in the world. A gifted but hard-working...

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5 Oct, 2018

Anyone else find that rather annoying? Scrolling around the screen trying to find Alex in each frame and just ended up clicking a pausing the video constantly.

Liked the 360 idea for all of about 30 seconds.

Really looking forward to seeing the Free Solo though!

5 Oct, 2018

Nope. Still loving it.

5 Oct, 2018

You need to watch it on a mobile phone or tablet, then as you move the device around the view point moves with it, so it is like looking around in real life.

Just doesn't really work on a PC.

5 Oct, 2018

It doesn't work like that on my Hudl2 - I have to scroll with my finger. It also stutters a lot. I gave up after about a minute. Guess I need a more powerful tablet :(

5 Oct, 2018

Me +1

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