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  • So, in terms of free soloing, undoubtedly the greatest free soloist that ever lived is this kid, Alex Honnold.

  • Pretty quiet.

  • Grew up in the suburbs of Sacramento.

  • He pretty much...

  • You know, you think next generation and next generation, what are people going to do?

  • Well, he's kind of skipped a generation and started soloing things that were unthinkable.

  • I'm going to play a quick little video from...about Alex.

  • Free soloing has to be the ultimate in free climbing.

  • So, it's a beautiful day to go out soloing.

  • To free solo is to go without a rope and to go without gear.

  • To only have your rock shoes and your chalk bag and the power of the mind.

  • It's also very profound.

  • Reason it's probably the ultimate, is one wrong move, you fall, you die.

  • Okay, let me try that again.

  • And the person at the top of this game, and it's hard to even call this a game, is Alex Honnold.

  • Alex Honnold is probably a perfect example is someone who's not only trained very hard, but is unbelievably gifted.

  • He is like Michael Jordan.

  • I spend my whole year living in the van, traveling from one destination to another.

  • Yeah, I would say that Yosemite probably is the center of my climbing.

  • That all my climbing goals, all like training, all kind of revolves around things that I want to do in Yosemite.

  • This is by far my favorite place for soloing.

  • Because the walls are so inspiring, like, everything here's so big.

  • That's what gets me excited about soloing stuff.

  • One of the most memorable moments was pitch 22, of The Nose.

  • I put my rope away and I switched to soloing.

  • I just had a moment of..., like this is surreally cool.

  • I was like, I can't believe I'm up here with no rope just climbing.

  • Like, this is rad!

  • You know, Alex has now done the regular route on Half Dome free solo.

  • So for most people on this planet who are serious climbers, doing Half Dome in a day or two is considered fantastic.

  • Alex did it in three hours without a rope.

  • You know, you commit.

  • You're like, I'm doing this, here I go.

  • But then after a couple hours of being all committed, you're like, man I'm tired.

  • Your mind starts to get a little bit tired.

  • So I kind of stalled out and then I started to doubt if I was doing it right or if I had the right holds.

  • Why am I even here?

  • You know, do I want to do this?

  • Um...

  • Just come back if you're not feeling it.

  • Well, that's the thing. I am like...

  • That stalled him out, that paralyzed him.

  • Then he overcame it.

  • He didn't work that route a hundred times.

  • He just got up, below it, looked up at it, and believed, absolutely believed it was well within his ability.

  • You know, it seems like in this last season I've sort of embraced the whole experience, you know, embraced the unpleasant parts too.

  • It's kind of cool to just look around, you know, enjoy the exposure.

  • Be like, this is why I'm here, this is awesome.

So, in terms of free soloing, undoubtedly the greatest free soloist that ever lived is this kid, Alex Honnold.

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    Leonard posted on 2019/07/09
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