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Watch Animated Honnold Talk El Cap Free Solo

This summer, Alex Honnold made the first free-solo ascent of El Cap. With no rope or gear, he climbed Freerider 5.13a.

The nearly 1,000-metre free-solo has been hailed as the most impressive climb ever by many. Tommy Caldwell said we may never see anything like it.

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In this short animated video, Honnold talks about what it’s like being up there alone. And we get the inside story on the little tiny mouse people.

During a podcast with Gripped editor Brandon Pullan, Honnold said this when asked about fear: “For the most part, if something seems really scary I just don’t do it. I’m under no obligation. I do this strictly for my own satisfaction.

“If I’m afraid, I either put in more time preparing or I just don’t do it. I’ve done routes where I’ve climbed 200 feet off the ground and just been, like, what am I doing? I then just climbed back down and went home. Discretion is the better part of valor. Some days are just not your day. That’s the big thing with free soloing: when to call it.”