Free Solo Climbers...some of the best athletes around?

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I also just realised he solo'd El Capitan a week after I was at the park in 2017.

He was probably up on the face practicing when I was there.
 
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Just watched that Alex Honnold documentary on El Capitan.

His girlfriend annoyed me a bit. She was making me anxious and irritated for him just watching.
I thought she handled it well

You guys should check out Dawn Wall on Netflix - @Strike @mandela also - me and @DynamicMoves have just been watching it via discord - it's a really good film - focuses more on the climbing than the narrative.
 
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I thought she handled it well

You guys should check out Dawn Wall on Netflix - @Strike @mandela also - me and @DynamicMoves have just been watching it via discord - it's a really good film - focuses more on the climbing than the narrative.
Caldwell is a legend.
To me it's more impressive the amount of dedication it took to free climb the Dawn Wall. But @Jay knows how I feel about Honnold.
 
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Dawn Wall a better movie and better story imo...though the Honnold climb takes the cake for sheer fucking insanity
 
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Free Solo is currently running on National Geographic in the UK (various times). Not sure about elsewhere.

I watched it last night. I'm not particularly afraid of reasonable heights but what that young man does is just crazy in my book. I can't imagine scaling something that massive and difficult without the aid of any safety equipment. Just one miscalculation, one slip of a grip or a moment of doubt and you could find yourself plummeting do your death.

He must have 75% of his weight in balls.
 
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Nice videos @Jay, try and focus on your feet as you make your moves, really dig in. It'll help you keep your feet on the holds, and so use less energy. Core is important on what looks like a 45, keep your hips in.
Nice climbs.
 
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Nice videos @Jay, try and focus on your feet as you make your moves, really dig in. It'll help you keep your feet on the holds, and so use less energy. Core is important on what looks like a 45, keep your hips in.
Nice climbs.
cheers mate, any specific examples where i was off? I know I swung off the wall at one point where I missed my feet, but when you're a short arse like me that happens all the time as I have to stretch to reach :lol:

I'll probably be going back tomorrow so I'll see if I can get any new vids, there';s a nice climb that I was working on, but it's quite long and goes across the width of cave, so hard to video properly. Need to find a video bitch!

When I went for first session a couple weeks ago, I couldn't come close to landing that right hand stretch on the pink, barely touched the hold. Now I've done it a few times and it's pretty easy, so it's nice to see the improvements from just a couple of weeks.
 

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cheers mate, any specific examples where i was off? I know I swung off the wall at one point where I missed my feet, but when you're a short arse like me that happens all the time as I have to stretch to reach :lol:

I'll probably be going back tomorrow so I'll see if I can get any new vids, there';s a nice climb that I was working on, but it's quite long and goes across the width of cave, so hard to video properly. Need to find a video bitch!

When I went for first session a couple weeks ago, I couldn't come close to landing that right hand stretch on the pink, barely touched the hold. Now I've done it a few times and it's pretty easy, so it's nice to see the improvements from just a couple of weeks.
35ish in the first, 55ish in the second. Just something to keep in mind, I do that a lot too.
 
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RIP Mr. Gobright.

Only consolation is that he was doing something that he loved.
What's so odd is that most of these free solo climbers who die, seem to die when they're not free soloing. This guy died roped up and abseiling. A few others have died doing various other pursuits other than climbing without ropes. It's tragically ironic.
 

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What's so odd is that most of these free solo climbers who die, seem to die when they're not free soloing. This guy died roped up and abseiling. A few others have died doing various other pursuits other than climbing without ropes. It's tragically ironic.
Yeah the main death I can think of that was actual free soloing was John Bachar. There are others as well, but he's the big name from that group. All the other major name deaths tend to be from other stuff going wrong.

Sucks, although I think the news channels have taken liberties a bit.. "World renowned free soloist dies in accident" - blatantly trying to get people to click thinking it's Alex Honnold.
 
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What's so odd is that most of these free solo climbers who die, seem to die when they're not free soloing. This guy died roped up and abseiling. A few others have died doing various other pursuits other than climbing without ropes. It's tragically ironic.
A quick Google search shows that plenty of free solo climbers die free soloing.

But, within climbing, rappelling is a pretty large cause of death. Normally when somebody forgets to knot the ends of the rope. Free solo a lot and I can only guess the safety checks aren't seen as as necessary. That and the mindset nevessary to be able to free solo, what other kinds of stupid shit might that person be willing to do.
 
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A quick Google search shows that plenty of free solo climbers die free soloing.

But, within climbing, rappelling is a pretty large cause of death. Normally when somebody forgets to knot the ends of the rope. Free solo a lot and I can only guess the safety checks aren't seen as as necessary. That and the mindset nevessary to be able to free solo, what other kinds of stupid shit might that person be willing to do.
There was a reddit thread, and apparently it was a catalogue of small things that just added up to the accident. simul rappel with no knot, and not starting from the middle. And the rope getting caught in a bush and not realising how much more length there was. Shame.