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Video of Alex Honnold Free Soloing Freerider

Posted: Tue Jun 06, 2017 4:21 pm
by Justin
First video snippet of Alex Honnold Free Soloing Freerider
- http://video.nationalgeographic.com/vid ... an-vin-spd

Re: Video of Alex Honnold Free Soloing Freerider

Posted: Tue Jun 06, 2017 9:24 pm
by Rastaman
Trying to get my head around this.
They say it's the send of our generation.
Probably the hardest route free soloed ever.

I know alpine climbing gets pretty extreme and committed but in terms of full commitment this is next level.

Re: Video of Alex Honnold Free Soloing Freerider

Posted: Wed Jun 07, 2017 4:58 pm
by Justin
First Interview With the Climber Who Scaled El Capitan Without a Rope - http://www.nationalgeographic.com/adven ... l-capitan/

Re: Video of Alex Honnold Free Soloing Freerider

Posted: Thu Jun 08, 2017 10:31 am
by Chris F
Rastaman wrote: Probably the hardest route free soloed ever.
From a technical grade perspective there have been harder, but from an overall "difficulty" perspective it has to be.

Re: Video of Alex Honnold Free Soloing Freerider

Posted: Fri Jun 09, 2017 10:26 am
by SNORT
Matt Bush and Alex have both soloed routes esp one pitch routes that are graded harder. Other climbers have also including John Bacher and I think Peter Croft

Re: Video of Alex Honnold Free Soloing Freerider

Posted: Fri Jun 09, 2017 1:58 pm
by Rastaman
Yeah I know that freerider is not harder from a grade perspective just overall it is a totally different mental stamina required to solo a route like this which makes it way way harder then routes soloed before perhaps.

Re: Video of Alex Honnold Free Soloing Freerider

Posted: Fri Jun 09, 2017 2:26 pm
by Chris F
SNORT wrote:Matt Bush and Alex have both soloed routes esp one pitch routes that are graded harder. Other climbers have also including John Bacher and I think Peter Croft
And I think at least one Huber brother and Beat Kammelander off the top of my head. I'm sure there have been dozens of solo ascents of 8a or harder single pitch routes. Marc Lemenstrel on Revelations a long long time ago.

But yes, this is another game.

Re: Video of Alex Honnold Free Soloing Freerider

Posted: Fri Jun 09, 2017 3:37 pm
by Ghaznavid
The comparison to Alpine also isn't fair - it is a totally different sport. Honnold didn't have to worry about getting taken out by an avalanche, no significant risk of hypothermia, didn't have to carry a backpack and altitude also wasn't an issue. By contrast, Jornet's double Everest didn't require difficult technical rock moves on small holds, didn't have the risk of birds flying out of cracks that could distract him for a moment and cause him to fall, and didn't have to worry about the day being so hot that his hands were too sweaty to climb.

A bit like asking which was more impressive between Schumacher's 5 consecutive drivers championships and West Indies 15 year unbeaten run in test cricket series.

Re: Video of Alex Honnold Free Soloing Freerider

Posted: Fri Jun 09, 2017 7:44 pm
by Rastaman
Yeah Ghaznavid I specifically mentioned alpinsim because I know that basically everytime you go really high you are basically soloing. And people Climb some insane things which are probably just as dangerous. One thing goes wrong and you die. Loose a glove and your spare above 8000m and you basically die.
So I was not comparing them just acknowledging alpinism.

But in terms of technical rock climbing this may be the hardest longest route free soloed. Not sure perhaps something similar has been done before but doubt if anyone currently alive could repeat this on the weekend.

Need to double check but I think this is a 1000m 29 on granite.

Re: Video of Alex Honnold Free Soloing Freerider

Posted: Fri Jun 09, 2017 7:58 pm
by Rastaman
As compared to a 25m 32 or whichever the grade is

Re: Video of Alex Honnold Free Soloing Freerider

Posted: Mon Jun 12, 2017 12:09 pm
by Justin
Good write up by Daniel Duane about Alex on the NYTimes website.
- https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/06/09/o ... pitan.html

Re: Video of Alex Honnold Free Soloing Freerider

Posted: Mon Jun 12, 2017 1:02 pm
by Nic Le Maitre
Really captured the reason why this is so incredible!

Re: Video of Alex Honnold Free Soloing Freerider

Posted: Mon Jun 12, 2017 2:05 pm
by Ghaznavid
The under-active amygdala result was quite interesting - that would explain a lot!