Not your usual Father’s Day outing!
Think you have a head for heights??
Well try this …. (first seen on the NatGeo website.)
First Interview With the Climber Who Scaled El Capitan Without a Rope
Writer and climber Mark Synnott took Alex Honnold on his first international climbing expedition to Low’s Gully in Borneo back in 2009, and subsequent trips to Chad, Oman, and Newfoundland. Over the years they’ve kept up a running dialogue about the finer points of climbing and debated the dangers of free soloing—climbing alone, without ropes or other safety gear.
It seems fitting that in the first moments after Honnold had become the first person to free solo Yosemite’s El Capitan, the greatest pure feat of rock climbing in history, that he’d sit down with his old friend at the Manure Pile, a popular climbing spot at the foot of El Capitan. He ate an apple, listened to the birds, and described the experience of a lifetime. Their conversation has been edited for length and clarity.
The rest of this story including the interview with Alex may be read here.
I’ll close with another photograph from that NatGeo piece.
El Capitan is only 500 miles drive from our home. Maybe next year’s Father’s Day outing? ( I jest, of course!)
Subsequently, I have come across a longer documentary that some may enjoy (??) watching.
Watch where you walk, good people!