El Capitan coming through the clouds. [OC] [2592x3888]
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Vence1001
5 days ago
El Capitan coming through the clouds. [OC] [2592x3888]
Pr1malRage
704
5 days ago

Crazy to think someone climbed that with no ropes

Ralamadul
307
5 days ago

In under 4 hours as well

franklinsteinnn
145
5 days ago

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.

return_of_the_ring
89
5 days ago

Tommy Caldwell’s dawn wall climb is another crazy thing that comes to mind about El Capitan.

mhswizard
68
5 days ago

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.

Mnm0602
74
5 days ago

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.

thrwyoktoday
26
5 days ago

He’s referring to Tommy’s documentary The Dawn Wall

PigeroniPepperoni
18
5 days ago

This guy is talking about Free Solo.

DoctorMcAstronaut
4
5 days ago

Is this as good as Free Solo?

lotrewill
23
5 days ago

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.

hokoonchi
11
5 days ago

He is WAY more relatable. And he was so worried for his friend in Free Solo, which was kind of heartbreaking.

GhostOfTimBrewster
9
5 days ago

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.

hokoonchi
3
5 days ago

Better.

DoctorMcAstronaut
6
5 days ago

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.

sizeablescars
-10
5 days ago

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

noeller218
6
5 days ago

That's the thing though, it takes enormous balls to do it.

sizeablescars
0
5 days ago

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

[deleted]
7
5 days ago

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.

dcruse22
6
5 days ago

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

Mnm0602
5
5 days ago

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.

[deleted]
4
5 days ago

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.

EdgyLiberal
2
5 days ago

Free Solo was amazing but Dawn Wall was even better imho

TeH_MasterDebater
2
5 days ago

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.

esev12345678
0
5 days ago

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.

EdgyLiberal
3
5 days ago

That downclimb he did was one of the craziest things I've ever seen. Dude is amazing

Ph0en1xGeaR
5
5 days ago

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

return_of_the_ring
2
5 days ago

holy shit! I didn't know that!

Ph0en1xGeaR
2
5 days ago

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.

Heroic shit

StryfeOne
3
5 days ago

Literally finished The Dawn Wall half an hour ago. God damn!

hokoonchi
1
5 days ago

He’s a badass.

Great_Chairman_Mao
2
5 days ago

I see we’ve all watched the same two documentaries.

franklinsteinnn
1
5 days ago

Which is why I mentioned something that isn’t in either of the documentaries. The Nose speed record.

[deleted]
-80
5 days ago

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penberkins
46
5 days ago

Crazy to think that adding another amazing feat about the guy would be seen as undermining or one upping.

omenolson
9
5 days ago

I like banana

LatchedNipple
10
5 days ago

Banana likes you too, little buddy.

SaladinsSaladbar
3
5 days ago

Nah banana took the kids and left him last week

tge101
2
5 days ago

:(

Kukatoo
3
5 days ago

yeeyee

LittleKittyLove
1
5 days ago

Crazy

shnigybrendo
1
5 days ago

Crazy to think.

PepperUrAngus
4
5 days ago

They're talking about the same guy, you doofus.

ThreeHourRiverMan
11
5 days ago

Honest question, can you see the Freerider route from this angle?

MrFoffof
10
5 days ago

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.

buddythebear
6
5 days ago

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.

remote_production
11
5 days ago

If you’re gonna camp, better bring your unicorn onesie.

Tokoolfurskool
3
5 days ago

Tbh if you don’t have a rope then you probably have to go that fast in order to not die of exhaustion

Ralamadul
8
5 days ago

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.

oo-00-oo
3
5 days ago

I'm pretty sure he mentions that in the movie. He says not having a bag of ropes made it better.

EdgyLiberal
1
5 days ago

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

alyssasaccount
5
5 days ago

You go faster because for lots of reasons:

  • You don't want to die of exhaustion (a.k.a., falling to your death)
  • You don't have to place anchors or intermediate gear
  • You don't have to clean anchors or intermediate gear
  • You don't have to belay a partner
  • You don't have to carry the gear or rope

You go slower for some reasons too:

  • You want to be careful not to make a mistake and fall to your death
  • You don't want to overexert yourself in the short term (anaerobically) and wear out and fall to your death

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.

PatStewartAsOthello
3
5 days ago

He stashed food and water along the climb but speed is definitely paramount

Suckonmyfatvagina
22
5 days ago

I too, saw that documentary.

Good stuff.

Dont_go_hollow
9
5 days ago

What’s it called? Would love to check it out.

motiv8247
19
5 days ago

Free solo

conradical30
37
5 days ago

Prepare for your butthole to be clenched for a good 20 minutes solid towards the end.

MyVCRbroke
9
5 days ago

I just watched it yesterday and my hands were so sweaty during the climb.

dabi-debi
2
5 days ago

Were your knees weak and arms heavy?

elektronical
0
5 days ago

Did you make sure to pack mom's spaghetti?

CheezNpoop
0
5 days ago

were you nervous?

I_Am_Become_Dream
2
5 days ago

watched it in imax. I was jumping off my seat that whole time.

enderdestiny
1
5 days ago

Probably one of my favorite movies of all time. Loved every second of it

hokoonchi
2
5 days ago

Also watch The Dawn Wall.

k1rage
11
5 days ago

I know especially when even Shatner couldn't do it

AliensAreUs
7
5 days ago

The guy should just stop while he’s ahead. All free solo climbers only ever meet one fate.

FOMOYOLOMOFO
3
5 days ago

Fate?

AliensAreUs
4
5 days ago

The fate of falling to ones death. In Free Solo he mentions that he knew over 50 people that have died free soloing.

Aliquamin
4
5 days ago

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.

sizeablescars
1
5 days ago

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

theaquaticgiraffe
3
5 days ago

That was very misleading, most of those guys died doing other things. The most common cause was BASE jumping actually.

FOMOYOLOMOFO
1
5 days ago

No i know what you meant its just you originally had written faith not fate.

AliensAreUs
1
5 days ago

?

rrouserr
3
5 days ago

That doc was really cool. I almost had an anxiety attack watching him climb that.

cactohombre
2
5 days ago

Alex Honnold. Extremely impressive guy

draaaain_gaaaaang
12
5 days ago

Also not nearly ready enough to be in a relationship lol.

hokoonchi
5
5 days ago

That part of the documentary was just painful.

Maedroas
2
5 days ago

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

Tokentaclops
2
5 days ago

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.

alyssasaccount
3
5 days ago

I came here expecting the first comment to be a throwaway reference to Alex Honnold and I was not disappointed.

MaDanklolz
2
5 days ago

I thought this was a game of thrones reference lol

Minimenema
1
5 days ago

Came here just to see if this comment was made lol

elfbuster
1
5 days ago

Beat me to it! by 14 hours...

chazyboii
1
5 days ago

Yeah Yosemite is so beautiful I’m going to climb the half dome this summer

RandomShaman89
-1
5 days ago

I wanted to say literally the same thing.

FKAred
-1
5 days ago

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

EitherCommand
-2
5 days ago

Although it’s a fast fuckin pan

FKAred
-2
5 days ago

come again?

Folinkunk
204
5 days ago

Mac OS software developers: Heavy breathing

dywrektor
52
5 days ago

OSX Yosemite has left chat

fettuccine-
36
5 days ago

OSX El Capitan has entered the chat

Polyporphyrin
100
5 days ago

That is a nice boulder

starship69
6
5 days ago

I miss Eddie.

vylum
7
5 days ago

look into it

NotThatRelevant
3
5 days ago

CHOKE ME OUT EDDIE!!

Prince_Edward_IV
3
5 days ago

Hes not dead

phaemoor
1
5 days ago

Bert?

jh462
1
5 days ago

I like that boulder

kevlar51
62
5 days ago

I’ve seen this Wall in Game of Thrones

xxltuproxx
5
5 days ago

The real North.

bandanajack
45
5 days ago

Watch The Dawn Wall. Here is the trailer. Incredible story. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edfw9ip9sCQ

Vence1001
22
5 days ago

Oh that's one of my favorites! Along with Free Solo!

bandanajack
7
5 days ago

I haven't seen that one. I'll have to check it out

asudancer
10
5 days ago

It’s on Hulu! It’s honestly pretty amazing.

bandanajack
1
5 days ago

Sweet! I just got hulu.

PatStewartAsOthello
2
5 days ago

Its mind bottling

Seth_Gecko
2
5 days ago

Bottling?

PatStewartAsOthello
2
5 days ago

Yeah like when somethings so crazy it feels like your mind is in a bottle

Seth_Gecko
1
5 days ago

I can't tell if you're messing with me. You do know it's actually "mind-boggling," yes?

PatStewartAsOthello
4
5 days ago

I do, yeah. It's a Blades of Glory reference.

Nachman109
1
5 days ago

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!

lindsayturtle
5
5 days ago

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.

imaginshab
37
5 days ago

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.

jack-o-licious
18
5 days ago

I heartily recommend Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, too.

zaconk
13
5 days ago

Makes me want to climb it with no ropes

ararefinding
17
5 days ago

Go for it. Please make sure to document it. Hurry and do it before somebody else does it before you.

fettuccine-
2
5 days ago

get one of those 360 cameras, theyre really good.

seraph341
5
5 days ago

Automatically had memories about the MacOS and felt supper triggered. I'm tainted.

keke10272
6
5 days ago

Well all I need now is to have Kit Harington intensely watch me taking a piss from there.

shytlikethat
6
5 days ago

The Night Kings worse enemy.

AdPoorva
3
5 days ago

Reading all these comments, I totally have the same feeling; can't see this wall anymore without thinking about Free Solo. Kudos!!

Adam1904
2
5 days ago

'If I fall, don't bring me back.'

Goal_Post_Mover
2
5 days ago

crazy son of a bitch

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2
5 days ago

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ant0yd
2
5 days ago

omg, it looks so grate

zombiespid3r
2
5 days ago

Am i the only one seeing the face in the bottom right of the rock? Just me.. aaallrighty then!

donnui943
1
5 days ago

High as sky

redflats
1
5 days ago

When was this taken?

Spynde
3
5 days ago

Tomorrow

Vence1001
2
5 days ago

Beginning of March.

hungry_lobster
1
5 days ago

I’ll be there in two days 😊

denijah5
1
5 days ago

Feeling cute, might scale that later without ropes

Unstawppable
1
5 days ago

The Dawn Wall is on youtube:

https://youtu.be/nPbM6MlLRUM

alley_mo_g10
1
5 days ago

If you look closely, you can see Alex Honnold scaling the wall

OdinGray
1
5 days ago

In the face of such a gorgeous sight, you still need a software update.

fettuccine-
1
5 days ago

Magestic.

DivinaBug
1
5 days ago

Album cover worthy

bdd4
1
5 days ago

For a solid 10 seconds, I thought this was a gif

Wzaaaaap
1
5 days ago

Where can I download it high res? Its awesome

DiscoverTransilvania
1
5 days ago

Great view!

Hannes0210
1
5 days ago

Alex Honnold be like "I'd climb that"

UrAthotie
1
5 days ago

I thought that was the Wall from Game of Thrones. Rip

Tsgun7
1
5 days ago

This photo was great!! I wanted to see it with snow and figured I share Edit:w/snow

deGrominator2019
1
5 days ago

Fog gathers and now my watch begins

cms2019
1
5 days ago

Just wow.

MisterCoffey
1
5 days ago

After watching it, this mountain is so haunting and beautiful to me.

doctor-gongora
1
5 days ago

7,573' is playing ominously in the distance

Billy_Budapest
1
5 days ago

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.

SilentPede
1
5 days ago

You can derelict my balls, Capitan.

Riuk811
1
5 days ago

That looks like the cliff from UP

danillothe198
1
5 days ago

Iceage 4

IndieJammer
1
5 days ago

It’s just Kirk and the mountain.

GetStr8tothepoint
1
5 days ago

Barfieboy?

Porknbe4nz
1
5 days ago

That stupid fucking rock crashed my laptop.

00Twitchey00
1
5 days ago

When was this taken?

Bullletsponge
1
5 days ago

PSA mountains don’t move.

burstdragon323
1
5 days ago

Remember that Captain Kirk attempted to climb it, but nearly died due to Spock's cheating and distraction.

Lollipons
1
5 days ago

My dumbass was looking for a man in the clouds

marbrex
1
5 days ago

Looks like the Wall from GoT

AccordionORama
1
5 days ago
Re-lar-Kvothe
1
5 days ago

So Game Of Thrones-ish. Love it

dinamitad
1
5 days ago

I can see Alex Honnold somewhere up there!!!

dougalcampbell
1
5 days ago

Has anyone else ever wondered if El Capitan is actually a Borg cube that went back a billion years, crashed, fossilized, and eroded?

DatBoiGames
1
5 days ago

Watched some of “free solo” last night, shits crazy

rwhyayn
1
5 days ago

Looks like a shot out of game of thrones. So cool

gackoman08
1
5 days ago

Just visited here 2 weeks ago and I have to say, it really is even more insane in person

johnmorris804
1
5 days ago

Rest in peace Dean Potter. You are an icon.

Jedi-master-dragon
1
5 days ago

I think my uncle climbed either Half dome, El Capitan or both. I don't remember.

kbu3000
1
5 days ago

It's like a giant Minecraft stone block

reddit_tempest
1
5 days ago

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.

hooperhippiechick
1
5 days ago

Wow, I totally havent seen a picture of El Captain on this sub every day for the last 2 months /s

cannibalhobbit
1
5 days ago

Damn

chrischi3
1
5 days ago

FROM THE MIST A SHAPE A SHIP IS TAKING FORM

WaitingToBeTriggered
1
5 days ago

🎵 AND THE SILENCE OF THE SEA IS ABOUT TO DRIFT INTO A STORM

chrischi3
1
5 days ago

SIGN OF POWER, SHOW OF FORCE

Acepeefreely
1
5 days ago

I want to plan a trip back to Yosemite this summer, but I have no one to go with.

Ph0en1xGeaR
1
5 days ago

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!

mikeclarkee
1
5 days ago

Is this the close encounters of the third kind rock?

windsofgobi
1
5 days ago

My hands were sweating more than Joe Rogans watching Alex Jones free solo that darn thing.

Gage1000
1
5 days ago

Watch out, the Whitewalkers are coming to take it down

harshilr98
1
5 days ago

This is a warning that the White Walkers are coming.

bigfootcantimetravel
1
5 days ago

Some old guy got his house up yhere with a bunch of baloons

pipongaso
1
5 days ago

Oof

phoenix14830
0
5 days ago

Looks like we found the inspiration for the Breath of the Wild map.

Jigon
0
5 days ago

Why i am climbing a mountain? Because i'm in love.

Flixnix007
0
5 days ago

Thought the Night King broke through that wall?

Catslayer_999
0
5 days ago

This looks crazy! One look at this thing and it looked like a part of 'The Wall'.

GamingReviews_YT
0
5 days ago

F.R.E.E. S.O.L.O.

JunnieHY
0
5 days ago

The wall still stands!!!(GOT fan)

Sinustachycardia
-1
5 days ago

If you look closely you can see Alex Hannold waving his middle finger

pompeychav657
-1
5 days ago

THE WALL,GAME OF THRONES

PenCharger
-1
5 days ago

The Wall from Game of Thrones after Global Warming

johnnyfalcooo
-1
5 days ago

...I think I see Alex Honnold on the face there...👁👁

Radical_Summer
-3
5 days ago
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-9
5 days ago

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NightsAtTheQ
3
5 days ago

No

lizaiscooler
1
5 days ago

Shhh, let people enjoy things.