Alex Honnold and the Unthinkable

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Alex Honnold free solo climbed the 3,000 ft granite wall known as “El Capitan”

Marquette, MIJune 6, 2017 – Yesterday on the show I talked about a story that I had read on National Geographic about a rock climber, Alex Honnold, doing the unthinkable and free soloing El Capitan at Yosemite National Park.

El Capitan is a nearly 3,000 foot all granite wall in Yosemite National Park in California. The wall is mostly smooth because over time it has been polished by glaciers. The idea anyone can climb a smooth granite wall 3,000 feet into the air is beyond my comprehension. And doing it as a free solo makes this feat all the more insanely impressive.

Free soloing, compared to free climbing, is described by the National Geographic piece as “when a climber is alone and uses no ropes or any other equipment that aids or protects him as he climbs.” All alone, thousands of feet in the air, and no safety equipment whatsoever. One mistake, and you’re dead.

In fact, the free solo climb up the El Capitan is so dangerous, that only a handful of lifelong climbers ever even seriously considered attempting it. Alex Honnold completed it in under 4 hours. And the full details are truly spectacular.

My number 1 fear in the world is heights. Just looking at the pictures of Honnold climbing the rock, with trees that could be mistaken as grass they’re so far away and small in the pictures, makes my legs tremble at the sight.

Alex Honnold did the unthinkable for a human being. A tip of the cap to Mr. Honnold, the day is yours.