The Telegraph reports:
“The sport of free-soloing is easy to understand,” explains rock climber Cedar Wright. “He went up this giant base, without a rope. If he falls, he dies.”
The 'he' Wright is referring to is Californian free climber Alex Honnold, who recently became the first man to climb the 2,500ft-high Central Pillar of El Toro at Potrero Chico in Mexico using only his bare hands and some chalk. Wright helped film his friend's sweaty-palm-inducing feat for the short film El Sendero Luminoso (The Shining Path), which is screening this weekend as part of the European Outdoor Film Tour.
Here's a preview of the film. I recommend watching it in full-screen mode.
The Telegraph has an interview with Mr. Honnold at the link. Interesting reading . . . although I still think he has to be a little nuts to risk his life like that! You can learn more about him at his Web site.