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Interview: Free Soloist Alex Honnold on scaling a cliff while making a documentary
Rock climber Alex Honnold discusses Free Solo, a new documentary about his ascent of Yosemite’s 3,000-foot El Capitan—without ropes. It’s a cloudless day in Yosemite National Park. A camera hovers thousands of feet above the tree line, scanning the lip of a massive cliff. The granite face below is vertical and exposed without holds or ledges. A bird’s song echoes in the distance; otherwise, the world at this altitude is still and quiet — until, inexplicably, a red t-shirt materializes. We hear Alex Honnold’s laboured breath. On June 3rd, 2017, Alex Honnold scaled El Capitan, a 3,000-foot rock face, without