The North Face: Alex Honnold – El Sendero Luminoso


The sport of free-soloing is easy to understand. He went up this giant base without a rope. If he falls, he dies. I’d heard about it years ago, it was like the hard mountain route down here, the big, hard multi-pitch that was like the test piece. I mean, it’s always just represented the next step in technical climbing to me. It might be too scary, but I’m going to put a bunch of work into it and kind of figure out whether or not it’s even possible. It’s just kind of weird helping your friend do something that you know could potentially lead to his death. Alright. Up day. Cleaning the route a little bit, pulling off some of the vegetation, and just sort of sussing it out a little bit. Kept on picturing myself without a rope and then I’d get really scared. [chuckles] How’s the condition of the route currently for soloing? Quite damp. It’s sub optimal. I mean, all it takes is you grab one small hold and it pops off the wall and you fall to your death, you know. So when I was cleaning the wall for Alex, I was like I’m cleaning every little things, you know. I was like anything that looked loose or any little piece of dirt I was trying to clean it off the wall, because I obviously want my buddy to live. Do you feel like you’re slipping a little? It’s a bit of a ‘thank God’ moment, right? Well, a little bit. At some point during the day while I was up there with Cedar I was just like I’m ready, like I’m sick of hanging around on ropes. It went from, like, being sort of an intimidating idea to just being, like, I’m kind of excited to do this. Now we’re going to see, see what happens up there, but… Another good day. Has anybody stepped outside, how is it? It’s cool, it’s a little more chilly today, and it’s a slight breeze.

100 thoughts on “The North Face: Alex Honnold – El Sendero Luminoso

  1. Is it this slippery hole that he referred to in his El Cap TED talk, the solo he did choosing a route he have never done before and then was not so proud of it because he was “relying on luck”?

  2. (sarcasm) I love when they slow down the already pretty boring shot for "dramatic effect" like EXCUSE ME CAN I JUST SEE HIM CLIMB

  3. This guy is different, he has something to teach to the humanity, we are all God s products but to me he is also a God s messenger…When you look at his eyes he looks gone like he is already somewhere else…God bless you, live long brother…

  4. It could be nice to see the climb in its entirety sometimes, just to have the exact idea of how hard it really is

  5. ..so he fucks with the face of the wall…creates holes and cleans certain things from the wall…this isn't even scary to him. He thinks he's at the playground climbing only 10ft.
    Reason: as he hangs from ropes and he creates a climbing line where he can climb the best and have the best grip. Yes…danger is lurking with a regular climber…but not Alex… he has this shit burn but I'm sure I'll here about his death sooner than later…just like the crocodile hunter…

  6. Я сам люблю горы,и хожу в них,но это -бред!Чувак,наверное,сирота!

  7. Why must they play yucky loud music when they want us to listen to what they are saying! I tried watching on mute for a while but really would like to know what was said so had to just give up. Even more I'd love to understand what drives a person to do something that to me is terrifying and yet he almost makes it look easy, at least what I saw.
    * I just watched his Ted Talk and what he does, how he does it, while to me still terrifying, makes so much more sense. What an amazing young man. That said, the above video still gets my dislike.

  8. why in the whole goddamn world would you block the most fantastic shot by putting two thumbnail over it????????? incompetent idiots.

  9. These kids who go up skyscrapers at night, thinking they are so tough when doing it, LOL. Do this if you dare, i guarantee you simply don't have the balls nor the skill to do it!

    A true achievement of physical and mental skills.

  10. This is true meditation. Watching at the star i was nervous. But as time passed and looking at his confidence it calmed me down. Further i realised he is in penance, his smile tells it all. This is true meditation and control. He has attained moksha. Thats how he is able to do this.

  11. If you want to remove the thumbnail. Just hold the screen and drag it down a lil bit without. Unholding it.

  12. There has got to be a little fear in him, i mean what if he gets a text, and how the hell can he check his instagram?? Fuckin lunatic!

    But seriously he’s amazingly inspirational! Rock on brother!

  13. This dude is a fuckin LEGEND. Show me another feat by a human being on par with any of these free solos he's done. He makes the fake trip to the moon seem pedestrian.

  14. Que tipazo un personaje de otro mundo y al final de la docu se ríe relajadamente y yo en casa con vértigo al verlo, bellissimo !!!!!! Que místico ser

  15. I can watch this dude climb all day.. it makes me wish that I was younger again.. although I've never climbed a mountain, but I have climbed crazy mess.. like climbing a 300-foot lookout tower and standing on the top of it taking pictures of a lightning storm that was coming, and I would climb the tallest trees in the thick woods and swing tree to tree from the top small branches… Lol.. That was so fun.. I had a friend that was up in a 80 ft tree and I was in the next tree over when he started swinging and his branch broke.. He was hitting so many branches and around 20 or foot so feet down he stopped really quick.. He landed on his chest and broke 3 ribs, also both arms and a collarbone… He was down and out for like 8 months and as soon as he healed we were back doing it again.. Now that I'm 54 I'm lucky to be able to climb a set of stairs…. Lol.. My last climb was 3 years ago when I climbed a 100 ft CB tower for a friend to break it down.. On a windy day also.. talk about crazy because once you cut free the guidelines that thing started swaying back and forth…

  16. I think the climb scenes here are more intense and equally cinematographically stunning as the award winning Free Solo movie. The producer, his friend didn’t get enough credit for this video.

  17. TWO TIPS FOR THE FBI. FIRST, THE VIDEO ISN'T ORIGINAL. IT IS HEAVILY ANIMATED OR, MAY BE BETTER TO SAY, MAINLY DEPICTED BY COMPUTER GRAPHICS. SECOND, VOICES HEARD AREN'T NATIVE AMERICAN THOUGH PRETEND TO SOUND AS CANADIANS. ISN'T THIS AND SUCH VIDEOS ARE DONE FOR SUICIDAL CLIMBING WHERE A POPPET LOOKING AT SUCH DAREDEVILS WOULD JUMP INTO PAWS OF DEATH IN THE ATTEMPT TO REPEAT THEIR SWASHBUCKLING? IF I AM RIGHT I WOULD INSIST THAT ATTORNEY GENERAL OFFICE WOULD CONDUCT A DUE COURSE INVESTIGATION WHY THOSE, WHO PLACE SUCH PHONY VIDEO MATERIALS, DO SO. YOU COULD SEE A LOT OF SIMILAR SUICIDAL VIDEOS WHERE THEY JUMP FROM HEIGHTS AND USE KINDA WINGS TO FLY BESIDES STEEP WALLS. MY EXPERT IS SURE THAT MOST OF SUCH VIDEOS ARE CORRUPTED OR FULLY ANIMATED CARTOONS THAT HAVE NOTHING WITH PRACTICAL REALITY. THIS MAY BE LEGALLY QUALIFIED AND CHARGED TO ITS CREATORS AS SOLICITATION OF RECKLESS OR SUICIDAL BEHAVIOR.

  18. Alex Honnold 2014: I just completed the most difficult ropeless climb in history!

    Alex Honnold 2018: Hold my beer.

  19. Alex Honnold has achieved the most difficult and magnificent physical or athletic feat in human history.

    His ability to climb El Captain without a rope is unbelievable.

  20. Could you imagine being suddenly teleported to three quarters of the way up that cliff? My brain can't decide if his climb is totally awesome or the worst nightmare ever and it cycles between the two.

  21. Some weed smokers said that every time they smoke it feels like they're way up there without rope and helmet

  22. 5:00… are you freaking kidding me.. that would be amazing if it was 5 feet above sea level, let alone thousands

  23. What are the lights sparkling on the face of the mountain at 2:35? And…. 5:20. OMG! No hands! Big grin!

  24. Alex has one of the greatest smiles ever. I love that moment around 5:34 … he is doing what he's made to … sharing it with the mountain and the world … love and joy. It's beautiful.

  25. What could be a bigger insult for all those hard work ended up helping a clothing company just to sell more clothes so the CEOs and it's greedy shareholder could buy another yacht.

  26. Just imagine the feeling this guy might have one day on a vertical wall. His hand slips, he slowly loses grip of the wall and falls backwards towards impending doom. What would go through his mind in those last seconds before he impacts the floor?

  27. I honestly felt like, the land before my feet, just slipped away.. Truly the most amazing person alive on the planet

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