More On Honnold’s Solo Triple

More On Honnold’s Solo Triple

If you haven’t seen it yet, the short teaser of Alex Honnold ropeless on Mt. Watkins is sure to get your palms sweating.  If you’re like me you might be wondering how the folks at the Reel Rock Tour captured footage of Honnold not only on Mt. Watkins but also on El Cap and Half Dome in such a short period of time.  In the latest entry on their blog, Peter Mortimer explains not only more about that but also more about what their goal has been in working with Honnold on this current project:

We set out this filming project (provisionally titled “Honnold 3.0”) asking one big question:  how would fame and celebrity affect Alex in his pursuit of the world’s boldest free solos?  Because let’s face it, he is famous not for his ability to dunk over 7 foot giants, or for his golden left foot, but rather for his ability to scale the world’s steepest walls without a rope, facing certain death should he slip at any point, for hours on end, and all with a boyish charm that has us truly convinced he believes that what he does is “no big deal.”  Its one thing to shoot hoops for the wrong reason.
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It’s quite another to free solo.
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Honnold also did an interview with UKClimbing in which he describes the day in a bit more detail:

That video is not as sketchy as it looks, though obviously the position is totally badass. I just had a foot on for balance.
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It blew. If Ben Ditto [the photog] hadn’t been right next to me I probably wouldn’t have tried to be so static, so I wouldn’t have had the foot on anyway.

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3 Responses to More On Honnold’s Solo Triple

  1. Aaron S June 12, 2012 at 9:13 am #

    Just a foot on for balance . . . too bad when it slipped off and the camera shook I shit my pants.

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    • D$ June 12, 2012 at 10:39 am #

      You can see the expression on his face. It’s one of those “well that would have sucked” kinda looks. So gnarly!

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  2. Airtime June 12, 2012 at 3:21 pm #

    Who needs three points of contact? Two is good.

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