Alex Honnold Gives Ted Talk on His Free Solo Climb of El Capitan
The term â€œfree soloâ€ or â€œscramblingâ€ is used to describe a rock climb without any safety equipment. Of course, only the best of the best use this tactic as a way to challenge themselves, as it is extremely dangerous. One little hiccup or gush of wind could send you falling to your death.
It was Honnoldâ€™s climb up El Capitan that may forever serve as a monumental occasion for the dangerous sport of rock climbing.Â Honnoldâ€™s friend and fellow elite climberÂ Tommy CaldwellÂ called â€œthe moon landing of free soloing.â€
Honnoldâ€™s roots sit firmly in Northern California. He found his climbing enthusiasm in Sacramento, where he was born and raised, before attending California Berkeley for a year. His stint at one of Northern Californiaâ€™s premiere colleges was cut short to become a full-time rock climber.
The many rock faces of Yosemite National Park have become a haven for Honnold. He broke theÂ El Capitan speed record with Caldwell twice in 2018Â and spends much of his summer months living out of a van in the park, practicing his climbing routes.
His physical abilities are apparent when you watch him climb, but the experts in rock climbing say itâ€™s his uncanny ability to focus is what makes him the best rock climber in the world. Just think about it â€“ he completed a 3,000 foot climb in four hours with no ropes while a documentary crew followed his every movement. Now thatâ€™s focus.