Crazy to think someone climbed that with no ropes
In under 4 hours as well
Crazy to think that same dude has the speed record on the Nose, completing the climb with Tommy Caldwell as his partner in under 2 hours.
Tommy Caldwell’s dawn wall climb is another crazy thing that comes to mind about El Capitan.
Just watched that documentary this past weekend. Really good stuff and absolutely crazy how much time he spent figuring out how to climb it. Literally spending years just hanging out on the wall to piece together routes.
The meticulous notes are what stunned me. Here is this guy living in a van and struggling to cook food and eat like a normal person and he’s jotting down every note of every move he makes so that he can memorize and improve upon what he did previously until it’s perfect.
I guess I always just thought of him as some physical freak who rolled the dice to complete his climbs but when you watch it he’s basically a perfectionist, almost treating the climb as an assembly process or a dance routine that needs to be optimized through trial and error to find perfection. He has unique physical tools but his mind and process are really what give him an edge IMO.
Watching him give up that first try really showed how much he depends on his process and the confidence he gets from it being perfect.
Edit: I was referring to Free Solo, I didn’t realize there is another similar doc, I’ll need to check it out.
He’s referring to Tommy’s documentary The Dawn Wall
This guy is talking about Free Solo.
Is this as good as Free Solo?
Better documentary imo. Free Solo is better as a movie to a broad audience but Dawn Wall is one of the best climbing docs out there. Tommy is a bit more relatable as a person as well, and has a pretty compelling story.
He is WAY more relatable. And he was so worried for his friend in Free Solo, which was kind of heartbreaking.
I'm not a climber, but after watching Free Solo, I went on a rock/mountain climbing movie binge. Dawn Wall is awesome. Meru is incredible. And there was one on Netflix called Valley Uprising about the history of climbing in Yosemite (the described "Mecca" of climbing). Dudes in the 60s were CRAZY.. one guy climbed while on PSP or acid... wow.
I was listening to a podcast where they were talking about this. one of the guests was like "I just got diagnosed with autism, like I probably went through childhood without it being caught, and this guys is the most autistic person I've ever seen." Add that level of focus/perfection to being extremely fit and toss in the fact that he lacks a fear response and you get Alex Honnald. He set the route for a free solo climb so other climbers are welcome to copy it but I don't see a lot of people even attempting it let alone copying it.
The route he took up El Capitan has been done for decades, all it really took is the balls to free solo it. There’s hundreds or thousands of people capable of free soloing freerider and probably have better chances of success than honnold , they choose not to because of the risk
That's the thing though, it takes enormous balls to do it.
Agreed just thought the last sentence made it seem like honnold had some revolutionary thought, people have been free soloing for a long time, Alex is the just the only one with big enough balls to free solo freerider
I saw Free Solo, and it was really interesting but I didn't come away from it admiring him. He seems like an emotionally distant, obsessed weirdo and I feel sorry for his wife.
I don’t understand what those last points you made have to do with admiring him though. There’s a difference in liking someone and admiration
He achieved what I would argue to be the most physically impressive athletic feat in human history, I have to admire him for that regardless of his personality. But I do think he seems like a nice and good hearted person who just struggles to connect with his emotions and other people
I agree he has emotional issues but his wife also knew all that when she met him and chose to accept him as he is.
Yes, that's true and I saw that she seemed to understand what he is before she chose to be with him. Even so, my impression is that she is attracted to aspects of his personality that don't particularly involve much warmth directed back at her. Almost like falling in love with a statue because you admire its stoicism.
Free Solo was amazing but Dawn Wall was even better imho
I know you're talking about him being meticulous in free Solo, but there was an interview I saw with him where he says he basically shrugged and climbed half dome, and it was really dumb and got pretty sketchy in a few places. I don't think he was necessarily always so meticulous but those close calls pushed him in that direction. I went on a YouTube binge with interviews of him so I'm not sure which one it was unfortunately.
This is how the environment works. Humans have come to believe they can do whatever they want by being "special". But they forget they're bound to the environment. The environment that dictates all.
That downclimb he did was one of the craziest things I've ever seen. Dude is amazing
Tommy Caldwell chucked a terrorist of a mountain while his group had been held captive for days and close to death basically saving their lives. Has a missing finger and is a straight up gangster
holy shit! I didn't know that!
You do now. He found it hard to talk about for many years, thought he had killed the guy but he actually survived. They would have been “ held to ransom and killed “ if he hadn’t of taken action.
The buggers that shot at them while they are tenting of an actual side of a mountain and then captured them in hindsight couldn’t have picked a worse group of people to capture on a mountain though lol.
In essence tommy owned them stamina and fatigue wise on their mountain while under hostage at gun point.
Literally finished The Dawn Wall half an hour ago. God damn!
He’s a badass.
I see we’ve all watched the same two documentaries.
Which is why I mentioned something that isn’t in either of the documentaries. The Nose speed record.
Crazy to think that adding another amazing feat about the guy would be seen as undermining or one upping.
I like banana
Banana likes you too, little buddy.
Nah banana took the kids and left him last week
Crazy to think.
They're talking about the same guy, you doofus.
Honest question, can you see the Freerider route from this angle?
Just about, although it's difficult at that distance with the fog. You can get a topo and reference it against the heart. You can't seethe lower pitches, but freerider generally follows the left hand of the heart, before the monster, and enduro corner.
That’s the crazy thing about it though. If you’re using ropes and other gear, you’re carrying a lot more extra weight. Extra weight means it takes a lot longer. Now it takes so long that you probably have to camp on the ascent. Now you have to take camping gear and extra food/water. So now it takes even longer. Etc.
If you’re gonna camp, better bring your unicorn onesie.
Tbh if you don’t have a rope then you probably have to go that fast in order to not die of exhaustion
Perhaps, but as someone else pointed out, I'd imagine not having to carry all of that climbing gear would make it easier physically. But I guess it'd also make it harder psychologically, knowing that any mistake could lead to certain death.
I'm pretty sure he mentions that in the movie. He says not having a bag of ropes made it better.
Yeah they have to bring a portaledge to actually live on the wall on the free climbs but a lot of those routes are pretty much physically impossible to free solo. Kinda crazy that people poop up there lol
You go faster because for lots of reasons:
You go slower for some reasons too:
On balance, it's much faster unless you're super sketched out, in which case you have absolutely no business free soloing the route in question.
He stashed food and water along the climb but speed is definitely paramount
I too, saw that documentary.
What’s it called? Would love to check it out.
Prepare for your butthole to be clenched for a good 20 minutes solid towards the end.
I just watched it yesterday and my hands were so sweaty during the climb.
Were your knees weak and arms heavy?
Did you make sure to pack mom's spaghetti?
were you nervous?
watched it in imax. I was jumping off my seat that whole time.
Probably one of my favorite movies of all time. Loved every second of it
Also watch The Dawn Wall.
I know especially when even Shatner couldn't do it
The guy should just stop while he’s ahead. All free solo climbers only ever meet one fate.
The fate of falling to ones death. In Free Solo he mentions that he knew over 50 people that have died free soloing.
He has openly said that the documentary got that part wrong. They just showed a list of free solo climbers that have also died. Only a few actually died from climbing.
Them bending some truths kind of annoyed me but when they insinuated a handful of freesoloists died because of free solos when I knew it was separate accidents really pissed me off. The obvious one was dean potter who died wingsuiting
That was very misleading, most of those guys died doing other things. The most common cause was BASE jumping actually.
No i know what you meant its just you originally had written faith not fate.
That doc was really cool. I almost had an anxiety attack watching him climb that.
Alex Honnold. Extremely impressive guy
Also not nearly ready enough to be in a relationship lol.
That part of the documentary was just painful.
He's just dedicated to his cause, it like he says, what does anyone expect dating a free soloist. He very obviously cares for his partner, he just prioritizes climbing. I don't think he could ever be happy with someone who would expect themselves to be put above his climbing
It was a real good example of Nietzschean philosophy. Greatness does not jive with the morality of common people. From the perspective of your typical run-of-the-mill dude he's a selfish narcissist, from his perspecrive he's just living his own life.
I came here expecting the first comment to be a throwaway reference to Alex Honnold and I was not disappointed.
I thought this was a game of thrones reference lol
Came here just to see if this comment was made lol
Beat me to it! by 14 hours...
Yeah Yosemite is so beautiful I’m going to climb the half dome this summer
I wanted to say literally the same thing.
bro i was literally thinking this exact same sentence while opening the thread and was going to post that same fuckin thing, same wording and everything. damn
Although it’s a fast fuckin pan
Mac OS software developers: Heavy breathing
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That is a nice boulder
I miss Eddie.
look into it
CHOKE ME OUT EDDIE!!
Hes not dead
I like that boulder
I’ve seen this Wall in Game of Thrones
The real North.
Watch The Dawn Wall. Here is the trailer. Incredible story. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edfw9ip9sCQ
Oh that's one of my favorites! Along with Free Solo!
I haven't seen that one. I'll have to check it out
It’s on Hulu! It’s honestly pretty amazing.
Sweet! I just got hulu.
Its mind bottling
Yeah like when somethings so crazy it feels like your mind is in a bottle
I can't tell if you're messing with me. You do know it's actually "mind-boggling," yes?
I do, yeah. It's a Blades of Glory reference.
Free Solo made me more excited and anxious than any movie ever. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. Incredible film!
I just finished watching last night! I was hooting and hollering the whole way through. Even showed my 5yo a few clips but she was more interested in seeing the “half finger” than anything else haha.
I’d recommend watch Valley Uprising, The Dawn Wall, Meru, and Free Solo to everyone here. Doesn’t matter if your a fan of climbing what these guys do is bat shit crazy and will have you on the edge of your seat the whole time.
I heartily recommend Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, too.
Makes me want to climb it with no ropes
Go for it. Please make sure to document it. Hurry and do it before somebody else does it before you.
get one of those 360 cameras, theyre really good.
Automatically had memories about the MacOS and felt supper triggered. I'm tainted.
Well all I need now is to have Kit Harington intensely watch me taking a piss from there.
The Night Kings worse enemy.
Reading all these comments, I totally have the same feeling; can't see this wall anymore without thinking about Free Solo. Kudos!!
'If I fall, don't bring me back.'
crazy son of a bitch
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omg, it looks so grate
Am i the only one seeing the face in the bottom right of the rock? Just me.. aaallrighty then!
High as sky
When was this taken?
Beginning of March.
I’ll be there in two days 😊
Feeling cute, might scale that later without ropes
The Dawn Wall is on youtube:
If you look closely, you can see Alex Honnold scaling the wall
In the face of such a gorgeous sight, you still need a software update.
Album cover worthy
For a solid 10 seconds, I thought this was a gif
Where can I download it high res? Its awesome
Alex Honnold be like "I'd climb that"
I thought that was the Wall from Game of Thrones. Rip
This photo was great!! I wanted to see it with snow and figured I share Edit:w/snow
Fog gathers and now my watch begins
After watching it, this mountain is so haunting and beautiful to me.
7,573' is playing ominously in the distance
It’s 3 times as tall as the Eiffel Tower.
I really didn’t understand how big it was until I was standing under it for the first time last weekend. Feels like it is curling over toward you.
You can derelict my balls, Capitan.
That looks like the cliff from UP
It’s just Kirk and the mountain.
That stupid fucking rock crashed my laptop.
PSA mountains don’t move.
Remember that Captain Kirk attempted to climb it, but nearly died due to Spock's cheating and distraction.
My dumbass was looking for a man in the clouds
Looks like the Wall from GoT
So Game Of Thrones-ish. Love it
I can see Alex Honnold somewhere up there!!!
Has anyone else ever wondered if El Capitan is actually a Borg cube that went back a billion years, crashed, fossilized, and eroded?
Watched some of “free solo” last night, shits crazy
Looks like a shot out of game of thrones. So cool
Just visited here 2 weeks ago and I have to say, it really is even more insane in person
Rest in peace Dean Potter. You are an icon.
I think my uncle climbed either Half dome, El Capitan or both. I don't remember.
It's like a giant Minecraft stone block
Every time i read the words El Capitan, I think about Chris Tucker's scene in Rush Hour 2, where he's trying to bullshit as being the yacht owner.
Wow, I totally havent seen a picture of El Captain on this sub every day for the last 2 months /s
FROM THE MIST A SHAPE A SHIP IS TAKING FORM
🎵 AND THE SILENCE OF THE SEA IS ABOUT TO DRIFT INTO A STORM
SIGN OF POWER, SHOW OF FORCE
I want to plan a trip back to Yosemite this summer, but I have no one to go with.
Showing up a lot on the font page recently.
Alex Honnold will be loving it. Be all like, yup I made that my bitch without any protection and only lasted 3 hours and 58 minutes.
What a beautiful rock!
Is this the close encounters of the third kind rock?
My hands were sweating more than Joe Rogans watching Alex Jones free solo that darn thing.
Watch out, the Whitewalkers are coming to take it down
This is a warning that the White Walkers are coming.
Some old guy got his house up yhere with a bunch of baloons
Looks like we found the inspiration for the Breath of the Wild map.
Why i am climbing a mountain? Because i'm in love.
Thought the Night King broke through that wall?
This looks crazy! One look at this thing and it looked like a part of 'The Wall'.
The wall still stands!!!(GOT fan)
If you look closely you can see Alex Hannold waving his middle finger
THE WALL,GAME OF THRONES
The Wall from Game of Thrones after Global Warming
...I think I see Alex Honnold on the face there...👁👁
Shhh, let people enjoy things.