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    National Geographic Channel - Free Solo

    Alex Honnold free solos El Capitan.

    Trailer:
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=nF-7H5Dk26E

    How he did it:
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6iM6M_7wBMc

    Free Solo is an extremely impressive film. The photography was simply brilliant. Alex Honnold is the world’s best alpine rock climber and to watch him cruise Freerider on El Cap was amazing. I’ve been a climber for 25 years but I can only imagine what it would be like to climb at his level. I hope he doesn’t push the envelope too far after seeing what happened to Ueli Steck. I’ve climbed quite a bit of alpine rock in the Bugaboos, Tetons, Canadian Rockies and the Alps. Watching Alex makes me want to climb something in Yosemite, about five times easier of course!


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    Re: National Geographic Channel - Free Solo

    Ken,
    I watched this last night. My hands are still sweaty! An amazing mental and physical achievement...I like the glimpse into why he does this. It was tough to watch his friends film him.

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    Re: National Geographic Channel - Free Solo

    Now go watch jimmy chin first film meru just as riveting and enjoyable
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    Re: National Geographic Channel - Free Solo

    Can't wait to see this and Meru.

    We saw a National Geographic talk/video two weeks ago with Hilaree Nelson about here Hkakbo Razi expedition (and failure)- she's crazy!

    https://events.nationalgeographic.co...hilaree-nelson
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    Re: National Geographic Channel - Free Solo

    Both Free Solo (it won Best Documentary Feature at the 2019 Academy Awards) and Meru are great. I highly recommend them both !
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    Re: National Geographic Channel - Free Solo

    Quote Originally Posted by Elberoth View Post
    Both Free Solo (it won Best Documentary Feature at the 2019 Academy Awards) and Meru are great. I highly recommend them both !
    Hi Adam,

    From one mountaineer to another, how do you feel about degree of risk Alex took on this climb and free soloing in general?

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    Re: National Geographic Channel - Free Solo

    thanks for the heads-up -- great stuff to watch. i also enjoyed meru.

    Quote Originally Posted by Alpinist View Post
    ...how do you feel about degree of risk Alex took on this climb and free soloing in general?
    the degree of risk seems commensurate with alex's abilites -- hopefully, however, this does not inspire less accomplished climbers to push their limits too far.

    ...as for me, i will stick to frozen waterfalls AND ropes.
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    Re: National Geographic Channel - Free Solo

    Quote Originally Posted by aKnyght View Post
    thanks for the heads-up -- great stuff to watch. i also enjoyed meru.



    the degree of risk seems commensurate with alex's abilites -- hopefully, however, this does not inspire less accomplished climbers to push their limits too far.

    ...as for me, i will stick to frozen waterfalls AND ropes.
    I would say the degree of difficulty of free climbing Freerider on El Capitan is commensurate with Alex’s abilities. There is no level of ability commensurate with the risk of free soloing Freerider because if you fall you die. This level of risk will eventually catch up with anybody. It caught up with Ueli and he was the best.

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    Re: National Geographic Channel - Free Solo

    Quote Originally Posted by Alpinist View Post
    There is no level of ability commensurate with the risk of free soloing Freerider because if you fall you die. This level of risk will eventually catch up with anybody. It caught up with Ueli and he was the best.
    agreed ...with the caveat that there is also no level of ability commensurate with the risks presented by objective dangers: avalanche, crevasse, rockfall, sudden weather change...
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