…But now Alex Honnold really has taken free soloing to its limit. The last time we saw Alex hitting the headlines was when he soloed Yeosemite’s ‘Triple Crown’- Mt. Watkins, Half Dome and El Capitan in just under 19 hours. To put that in perspective, the route Alex took up Half Dome would take a confident team 3 days. He did it in under an hour and a half.
This week The North Face have released the full film of Alex’s latest insane escapade, a full free solo ascent of ‘El Sendero Luminoso’ – The Shining Path. Named after a Peruvian communist guerilla organistation, the route rises over 500 metres in (ususally) 15 pitches, 11 of which are graded 7a+ or harder and one which is 7c. In just over three hours, Honnold blitzed the Mexican route without any problems and it was all caught on camera by Cedar Wright, a good friend of Alex’s who also makes some amazing films.
Anyway that’s enough chit chat, here’s the film!