Monday, November 17, 2014

He's definitely got a head for heights . . .

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.



Bob said...

The mind boggles at this sort of accomplishment.

Quartermaster said...

He doesn't have to be nuts. He does have to be an idiot.

Cedar said...

Someone else named Cedar! Cool :D

c w swanson said...

At that age, you are immortal and indestructible. Or at least you tend to think so. He certainly does.