Mountain climber Alex Honnold withstood fatality and realized record at California’s Yosemite National Park — and he did it all under four hours.
The 31 -year-old upper-class climber on Saturday became the first person to magnitude the nearly 3,000 -foot face of Yosemite’s El Capitan granite formation without tethers or refuge paraphernalium, an behave known in mountaineering as free-soloing.
National Geographic , which alone reported Honnold’s ascent, announced it perhaps” the greatest feat of pure rock climbing in the history of the play .” Fellow elite climber Tommy Caldwell had another way of describing Honnold’s feat 😛 TAGEND
” This is the’ moon property’ of free-soloing ,” Caldwell told National Geographic. Caldwell would know impediment: In 2015, with a partner and security paraphernalium, he scaled the Dawn Wall , considered El Capitan’s most difficult route.
After Honnold ended his climb in three hours and 56 instants, he shared a photograph of his climbing via Facebook and “said hes” ” so stoked to realize a life dream today .”
A free-solo climb on smooth granite look almost a mile-and-a-half high aims there’s no margin for wrongdoing. A lost foot could spell death, which Honnold is well aware of.
What’s unique about the climber is his unmatched ability to control his fear — a achievement so strong neuroscientists have learnt parts of his psyche, according to National Geographic.
” With free-soloing, apparently I know that I’m in danger, but feeling anxious while I’m up there is not helping me in any way ,” Honnold told the magazine.” It’s only retarding my performance, so I only prepare it aside and leave it be .”
He told National Geographic in January that he frights fatalityas much as anyone, but simply has ” more of an acceptance that I will die at some point .”
When it came to preparing for his clamber, Honnold followed an intensive education regimen that included fasten by his fingertips and doing one-arm pull-ups in the converted van he lives in. He too began memorizing the track — and thus each side and foothold along El Capitan’s ” Freerider ” road — at least two years ago.
Video of Honnold’s climb will be part of an upcoming National Geographic feature.