Sep 25, 2018
By Michael Kramer
A new documentary chronicles rock climber Alex Honnold’s famous, “free solo” ascent of Yosemite’s El Capitan – a 3,000-foot wall of sheer granite – it also depicts what may be a greater challenge for the 33-year-old Honnold – moving out of his van and maintaining a long-term relationship.
Honnold’s ascent of El Cap without ropes or safety gear is considered to be one of the greatest feats in rock climbing. The New York Times called it “one of the greatest athletic feats of any kind, ever.”
The new film “Free Solo” chronicles the months of planning and anguish that went into Honnold’s four-hour climb – but it also shows him falling in love with Sanni McCandless – an amourous development that complicates his life – just as he’s taking his biggest risk.
National Geographic is releasing the film in theatres Friday.