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FRI NIGHT VID: Alex Honnold Soloing El Cap in 360

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:



Forums 30 comments

In reply to OP     Yep. I know. Howzabout the cameraman who's actually there points the camera in the most interesting and engaging direction and films it. We'll sit here and watch it. Rather than pissing about...
Well, it all looked very odd on Safari on my old iPad. Off work ill, so I downloaded YouTube app...bloody ell, the 360 effect is surprisingly brilliant for this video! A perfect fit for the technology, very impressive...
Several people thought about soloing it as far back as the early 80s and I was told that it had been soloed in '84, by someone who certainly had the ability, and I trust what I was told. It did not seem out of the...
I've seen a video where psychologists tested Honnold on his levels of stress arousal using brain scanning and getting him to view horrific images that would turn most people's stomachs. It seems his brain is genuinely...
The head game is very different for different people. For some it's a natural expression of their intrinsic enjoyment of climbing, for others certainly not - but that's not to say they can't learn to perform well at...
Well if you only see the media as a form of gratification for climbers that might make some sense. Personally I think climbing news should be an accurate portrayal of outstanding climbing achievements, regardless of the...

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