First Ascent: Alone On The Wall

Sep 8, 2023 | Sports, Videos

Alex Honnold is a 23-year-old climber who has taken the high-stakes sport of free solo climbing to incredible new heights. Free solo climbing is an extremely dangerous activity in which climbers ascend massive walls and sometimes entire mountains without any safety gear or ropes, with the consequence of death upon even the slightest misstep. Despite the extreme risks associated with this sport, Alex remains calm and fearless – except, that is, when it comes to girls.

Recently, Alex has set his sights on Half Dome, a 2,000 foot wall in Yosemite National Park that would be the greatest free solo ever attempted. Through it all Alex had never truly understood fear until he faced Half Dome; but still his determination pushed him forward until he finally reached the top.

This incredible feat of human will and determination was documented in the Academy Award-Winning documentary “Free Solo”, giving audiences around the world a glimpse at not only Alex’s courage but also his humanity. The movie follows him on his journey up Half Dome and beyond as he fights for his dreams, confronts failure, and ultimately faces his fears.

“Free Solo” is an inspiring story of triumph over adversity that will both entertain viewers and give them pause to consider their own mortality. For those interested in watching a gripping documentary about courage and self-discovery set against some of nature’s most spectacular vistas, then “Free Solo” is certainly worth watching!

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