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Watch Short Clip of Alex Honnold Free-Soloing El Cap

Alex Honnold made the first free solo of El Capitan last weekend and the first video of his ascent has reached the web.

Honnold soloed the 1,000-metre Freerdier, a sustained 5.12d with a V7 boulder problem halfway up, in three hours and 56 minutes.

For more on Honnold’s big solos see here. Visit here for the breaking story from National Geographic, which noted, “A team of filmmakers, led by Jimmy Chin, one of Honnold’s longtime climbing partners and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, captured the ascent for an upcoming National Geographic Documentary Films feature.”

When asked if he ever had any doubt, Honnold said, “Not any real moments of doubt. The Freeblast was still engaging for sure. And the first roof (at the start of the third pitch), I’m always a little bit tense there because you’re just starting up the route. And the Boulder Problem was the crux. That was the main thing probably.”

So stoked to realize a life dream today 🙂 @jimmy_chin photo

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