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Alex Honnold Conquers “El Capitan” without Safety Equipment: Reactions to the Climbing Achievement

Mind-blowing achievement at “El Capitan”: Extreme climber Alex Honnold is the first person in the world to conquer one of the most difficult climbing routes “free solo”. The 31 year old American only needed 3 hours 56 minutes for his climb of the 1000 meter rock face in the Yosemite National Park (California, USA).

The south-west face of El Capitan is famous among climbers: Alex Honnold conquered the sheer face in less than four hours – and without safety equipment.
The south-west face of El Capitan is famous among climbers: Alex Honnold conquered the sheer face in less than four hours – and without safety equipment.

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The magazine “National Geographic” financed Alex Honnold’s daring mission and, with the help of drones, filmed a documentary about his record attempt. Honnold abandoned his first attempt in November 2016 after an hour, the documentary explains.

In the preparation stage, Honnold memorized every hand and foot placement so that he could overcome the extreme physical and mental challenge. One mistake or lapse in concentration would have meant certain death.

Alex Honnold: The “moon landing” at El Capitan

Only a few friends knew about the hazardous mission at “El Capitan”. Alex Honnold started on Saturday at 5:32am. At 9:28, he hauled his body over the top-most edge.

Alex Honnold was celebrated all over the world. Almost every newspaper reported about the venture at “El Capitan”. Climbing legend Tommy Caldwell described Honnold’s achievement as “moon landing of free soloing”. The Huber brothers, Thomas and Alexander Huber, congratulated Honnold: “Mindblowing and what to say.. you are Great!”

Honnold expressed his thanks for the many congratulations via Facebook: “I’m moved by the many messages from friends and the vast climbing community. It's incredible.” 

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