Rock climber Alex Honnold stands atop El Capitan after nearly four hours of climbing alone, without ropes or any other equipment or safety gear. Photography by Jimmy Chin.
Rock climber Alex Honnold training on Freerider for the first ever rope-free climb of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. He completed the feat on Saturday, June 3rd. The historic event was documented for an upcoming National Geographic feature film and magazine story. Photograph by Jimmy Chin, National Geographic
Alex Honnold has free-soloed El Capitan. The 31-year-old rock climber made a ropeless ascent of the legendary California cliff in just under four hours on Saturday morning, making the summit in time for breakfast.
Honnold is the first climber to achieve the feat and indeed was regarded as the only climber capable of attempting it.
After completing the climb, Honnold tweeted. “So stoked to realize a life dream today :)” he wrote, including a photo of himself ascending along a wide crack near the top of the route.
Free-soloing is the practice of climbing without a harness or rope, leaving zero margin for error. The route Honnold climbed, known as Freerider, is 2,900ft tall and near the top of the ratings system for difficulty, at 5.12d (6b UK).
At multiple points on the route, Honnold was obliged to make off-balance moves on widely spaced holds the width of raisins, with hundreds, and then thousands, of feet of air beneath him.
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