Every once in awhile, a star emerges from our respective activities of choice. Cycling has Lance Armstrong, Basketball has Michael Jordan, and Football has Pele. Right now, in the world of vertical rock climbing, a humble 27 year old named Alex Honnold is shaking the entire foundation of the sport. Once quietly doing his own thing, the enormity of his feats has put him on front covers of popular magazines such as National Geographic.
On June 5 and 6, 2012 Honnold made the first ever solo link-up of Yosemite’s Mt Watkins, El Capitan, and Half Dome, climbing 90% free solo (without the protection of a rope) with a few points of aid. What that means is that Honnold is a stud. Doing a link-up means that not only did he climb more than 7,000 ft. of vertical rock in total, he had to approach and descend each route as well. Even the best climbers can take multiple days to accomplish just one of these routes, and he finished the solo triple in a mind-boggling 18 hours 50 minutes.
The video above captures footage of Honnold’s ground breaking achievement.