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alex honnold just completed the gnarliest free climb in history / boing boing


conquered el capitan's freerider route over the weekend. scaling the 5.12d/13a heartstopper in about four hours is widely considered the greatest feat in the history of the sport. photographer the ascent usually involves stopping overnight with gear. honnold tried not to wake up some sleeping climbers he passed on the way up. via npr: "i woke up one guy and he sort of said, 'oh, hey.' then when i went by, i think he discreetly woke up his buddies because when i looked down they were all three standing there like 'what the f***?' " by conquering el capitan, honnold fulfilled a goal he had worked toward for years. he first wrote about the potential record-setting climb in his journal in 2009 — but he repeatedly found reasons to set it aside, as he said last year on the basecamp podcast with






what's free soloing? did alex honnold do this before?


california rock climber alex honnold on saturday became the first person to free-solo yosemite’s el capitan — that is, to climb it without a safety harness or ropes to catch him if he were to fall.are free soloing and free climbing the same thing?in free climbing, athletes use harnesses and ropes for protection; they do not put weight on the rope or use any other type of climbing aid. in solo climbing, the climber does not use ropes, harnesses or any protective gear.how does honnold’s climb compare to the dawn wall climb?in january 2015, kevin jorgeson and tommy caldwell became the first to free-climb dawn wall, one of the routes up the face of el capitan. it took them 19 days. they were not climbing without protection, as honnold did, but the route is much more difficult, rated 5.14d as c






meet the first person ever to climb yosemite's el capitan without ropes


northern california native alex honnold became the first person ever to “free solo” yosemite national park’s 3,000-foot tall el capitan on saturday — a death-defying achievement in which the climber foresook protective ropes and harnesses.using only his hands and feet, the 31-year-old reached the top of the granite monolith in under four hours. it was a journey he spent two years preparing for, according to the associated press.conquering el capitanthe peak of the granite wall is higher than the tallest building in the world — the burj khalifa, in the united arab emirates — and requires climbers to navigate a maze of fissures, crevices and cracks.honnold climbed the “freerider” route, which snakes up the west side of the face. national geographic documented the climb for an upcoming film.t






meet the first person ever to climb yosemite's el capitan without ropes


northern california native alex honnold became the first person ever to “free solo” yosemite national park’s 3,000-foot tall el capitan on saturday — a death-defying achievement in which the climber foresook protective ropes and harnesses.using only his hands and feet, the 31-year-old reached the top of the granite monolith in under four hours. it was a journey he spent two years preparing for, according to the associated press.conquering el capitanthe peak of the granite wall is higher than the tallest building in the world — the burj khalifa, in the united arab emirates — and requires climbers to navigate a maze of fissures, crevices and cracks.honnold climbed the “freerider” route, which snakes up the west side of the face. national geographic documented the climb for an upcoming film.t






sacramento native is first person ever to climb yosemite's el capitan without ro


northern california native alex honnold became the first person ever to “free solo” yosemite national park’s 3,000-foot tall el capitan on saturday — a death-defying achievement in which the climber foresook protective ropes and harnesses.using only his hands and feet, the 31-year-old reached the top of the granite monolith in under four hours. it was a journey he spent two years preparing for, according to the associated press.conquering el capitanthe peak of the granite wall is higher than the tallest building in the world — the burj khalifa, in the united arab emirates — and requires climbers to navigate a maze of fissures, crevices and cracks.honnold climbed the “freerider” route, which snakes up the west side of the face. national geographic documented the climb for an upcoming film.t






sacramento native is first person ever to climb yosemite's el capitan without ro


northern california native alex honnold became the first person ever to “free solo” yosemite national park’s 3,000-foot tall el capitan on saturday — a death-defying achievement in which the climber foresook protective ropes and harnesses.using only his hands and feet, the 31-year-old reached the top of the granite monolith in under four hours. it was a journey he spent two years preparing for, according to the associated press.conquering el capitanthe peak of the granite wall is higher than the tallest building in the world — the burj khalifa, in the united arab emirates — and requires climbers to navigate a maze of fissures, crevices and cracks.honnold climbed the “freerider” route, which snakes up the west side of the face. national geographic documented the climb for an upcoming film.t






solo climber is 1st up yosemite's el capitan without ropes


yosemite national park, calif. — an elite rock climber has become the first to climb alone to the top of the massive granite wall known as el capitan in yosemite national park without ropes or safety gear.national geographic documented alex honnold's historic ascent, saying the 31-year-old completed the "free solo" climb saturday in nearly four hours.a photo on the magazine's website shows a grinning honnold wearing just a pair of black pants after reaching the summit.the climb up 3,000-foot (914-meter) el capitan used to take days to complete with the help of ropes, safety gear and a partner.in the past few decades, speed climbers working in tandem and using ropes have set records in reaching the top of the cliff.honnold is first to climb the iconic rock alone without protection.






‘it’s like walking up glass’: climber conquers yosemite’s el capitan without rop


it sounded like a crazy idea, and renowned mountaineer alex honnold knew it. but that didn’t stop him from completing what’s been equated to the “moon landing” of free-soloing, a type of rock climbing that doesn’t allow the use of ropes or any other safety equipment.on saturday, the 31-year-old became the first person to scale yosemite’s feared el capitan wall in such a way, which included going up a route known as “freerider” that features rock faces smoothed out by ancient glaciers that left the cliff with the texture of a kitchen counter.“it’s like walking up glass,” honnold told national geographic, which documented the feat saturday with plans to turn it into a film.it took honnold just under four hours to conquer the 900-metre rock face, which he had previously traversed, using chalk






‘it’s like walking up glass’: climber conquers yosemite’s el capitan without rop


it sounded like a crazy idea, and renowned mountaineer alex honnold knew it. but that didn’t stop him from completing what’s been equated to the “moon landing” of free-soloing, a type of rock climbing that doesn’t allow the use of ropes or any other safety equipment.on saturday, the 31-year-old became the first person to scale yosemite’s feared el capitan wall in such a way, which included going up a route known as “freerider” that features rock faces smoothed out by ancient glaciers that left the cliff with the texture of a kitchen counter.“it’s like walking up glass,” honnold told national geographic, which documented the feat saturday with plans to turn it into a film.it took honnold just under four hours to conquer the 900-metre rock face, which he had previously traversed, using chalk






'it's like walking up glass': solo climber becomes first to scale yosemite's el


it sounded like a crazy idea, and renowned mountaineer alex honnold knew it. but that didn't stop him from completing what's been equated to the "moon landing" of free-soloing, a type of rock climbing that doesn't allow the use of ropes or any other safety equipment.on saturday, the 31-year-old became the first person to scale yosemite's feared el capitan wall in such a way, which included going up a route known as "freerider" that features rock faces smoothed out by ancient glaciers that left the cliff with the texture of a kitchen counter."it's like walking up glass," honnold told national geographic, which documented the feat saturday with plans to turn it into a film.it took honnold just under four hours to conquer the 3,000-foot rock face, which he had previously traversed, using chal






solo climber is first up yosemite’s el capitan without ropes – the denver post


by olga r. rodriguez, the associated presssan francisco — alex honnold had dreamed about climbing the mighty el capitan in yosemite national park without any safety gear for eight years. but every time he looked up the massive granite wall, he found it too daunting.that was the case until this weekend, when the elite rock climber reached the summit in about four hours using only his hands and feet. the 31-year-old on saturday became the first to climb the 3,000-foot (914-meter) granite wall alone without a safety harness or ropes to catch him if he fell.“i was pretty much elated,” honnold said of reaching the top in a telephone interview sunday with the associated press. “i was probably the happiest i’ve ever been. it’s something that i thought about for so long and dreamed about and worke






solo climber is 1st up mighty california rock without ropes


san francisco — alex honnold had dreamed about climbing the mighty el capitan in yosemite national park without any safety gear for eight years. but every time he looked up the massive granite wall, he found it too daunting.that was the case until this weekend, when the elite rock climber reached the summit in about four hours using only his hands and feet. the 31-year-old on saturday became the first to climb the 3,000-foot (914-meter) granite wall alone without a safety harness or ropes to catch him if he fell."i was pretty much elated," honnold said of reaching the top in a telephone interview sunday with the associated press. "i was probably the happiest i've ever been. it's something that i thought about for so long and dreamed about and worked so hard for. i mean, it's pretty satisfy






first nail-biter footage of alex honnold's rope-free ascent of el capitan


nothing like climbing a sheer rock face with no safety gear to get the adrenaline pumping.alex honnold wowed the world by being the first person to ascend the 3,000-foot rock face of yosemite’s el capitan without a rope.he ascended the peak in 3 hours, 56 minutes, taking the final moderate pitch at a near run. at 9:28 a.m. pdt, under a blue sky and few wisps of cloud, he pulled his body over the rocky lip of summit and stood on a sandy ledge the size of a child’s bedroom.here’s a glimpse of the upcoming national geographic documentary about the historic climb with footage taken by jimmy chin.full story at national geographic.climbing firsts. posted by kate rinsema






solo climber is 1st up yosemite's el capitan without ropes


yosemite national park — an elite rock climber became the first to climb alone to the top of the massive granite wall known as el capitan in yosemite national park without using ropes or safety gear.alex honnold completed the “free solo” climb saturday in nearly four hours, according to national geographic, which documented the historic ascent. a photo posted on the magazine’s website shows the grinning 31-year-old wearing just a pair of black pants after reaching the summit.honnold, who grew up in sacramento and now lives in las vegas, said he’s been dreaming about the feat for at least eight years.“each year i’d come (to yosemite) and look up at the wall,” he told the san francisco chronicle in a telephone interview. “and i’d think, ‘oh my god, how can i do it?'”he said he started rehear






solo climber is 1st up yosemite's el capitan without ropes


yosemite national park, calif. — an elite rock climber became the first to climb alone to the top of the massive granite wall known as el capitan in yosemite national park without using ropes or safety gear.alex honnold completed the "free solo" climb saturday in nearly four hours, according to national geographic, which documented the historic ascent. a photo posted on the magazine's website shows the grinning 31-year-old wearing just a pair of black pants after reaching the summit.honnold later tweeted that he was "so stoked to realize a dream today."observers said his feat has pushed the limits in a sport that requires a high level of athleticism, risk-taking and mental focus."this has never been done before ... and it's hard to imagine anybody ever coming close to what he's done," said






jimmy chin photographs alex honnold free-solo on yosemite's el capitan


vail — imagine executing a flawless olympic-level gymnastics routine, says world-renowned photographer, director and mountaineer jimmy chin.“it has to be executed absolutely perfectly for four hours. and if you make even the slightest mistake — if your hips are 1 centimeter off on some of these moves where you are weighting your feet in a hyper-specific manner on a dime-edge hold — you are dead,” chin says.chin leans closer. he slows his cadence. widens his eyes.“a perfect 10. for. four. hours,” he says.climber alex honnold’s beyond-audacious free solo — that means ropeless, with no safety equipment whatsoever — ascent of el capitan’s 3,000-foot “freerider” in a mere four hours earlier this month stunned everyone. the vast non-climbing world gulped and wiped sweaty palms just watching chin






'free solo' climber conquers yosemite's el capitan without rope, safety gear


alex honnold's feat is the first ever 'free solo' ascent of the yosemite's 3,000 foot granite wall.        






solo climber is 1st up yosemite’s el capitan without ropes


yosemite national park, calif. (ap) — an elite rock climber became the first to climb alone to the top of the massive granite wall known as el capitan in yosemite national park without using ropes or safety gear.alex honnold completed the “free solo” climb saturday in nearly four hours, according to national geographic, which documented the historic ascent. a photo posted on the magazine’s website shows the grinning 31-year-old wearing just a pair of black pants after reaching the summit.honnold, who grew up in sacramento and now lives in las vegas, said he’s been dreaming about the feat for at least eight years.“each year i’d come (to yosemite) and look up at the wall,” he told the san francisco chronicle in a telephone interview. “and i’d think, ‘oh my god, how can i do it?'”most read st






solo climber is 1st up yosemite's el capitan without ropes


yosemite national park — an elite rock climber became the first to climb alone to the top of the massive granite wall known as el capitan in yosemite national park without using ropes or safety gear.alex honnold completed the “free solo” climb saturday in nearly four hours, according to national geographic, which documented the historic ascent. a photo posted on the magazine’s website shows the grinning 31-year-old wearing just a pair of black pants after reaching the summit.honnold, who grew up in sacramento and now lives in las vegas, said he’s been dreaming about the feat for at least eight years.“each year i’d come (to yosemite) and look up at the wall,” he told the san francisco chronicle in a telephone interview. “and i’d think, ‘oh my god, how can i do it?'”he said he started rehear






solo climber is 1st up yosemite's el capitan without ropes


yosemite national park, calif. — an elite rock climber became the first to climb alone to the top of the massive granite wall known as el capitan in yosemite national park without using ropes or safety gear.alex honnold completed the "free solo" climb saturday in nearly four hours, according to national geographic, which documented the historic ascent. a photo posted on the magazine's website shows the grinning 31-year-old wearing just a pair of black pants after reaching the summit.honnold, who grew up in sacramento and now lives in las vegas, said he's been dreaming about the feat for at least eight years."each year i'd come (to yosemite) and look up at the wall," he told the san francisco chronicle in a telephone interview. "and i'd think, 'oh my god, how can i do it?'"he said he starte






solo rock climber becomes first to scale yosemite's 3,000-foot el capitan withou


an elite rock climber became the first to climb alone to the top of the massive granite wall known as el capitan in yosemite national park without using ropes or safety gear.alex honnold completed the "free solo" climb saturday in nearly four hours, according to national geographic, which documented the historic ascent. a photo posted on the magazine's website shows the grinning 31-year-old wearing just a pair of black pants after reaching the summit.honnold, who grew up in sacramento and now lives in las vegas, said he's been dreaming about the feat for at least eight years."each year i'd come (to yosemite) and look up at the wall," he told the san francisco chronicle in a telephone interview. "and i'd think, 'oh my god, how can i do it?'"he said he started rehearsing the route, climbing






adorable bulldog watches horror film on tv, gets emotional / boing boing


the walkaway tour is in its literary festival phase now, and my next stop is an appearance this sunday at the printers row lit fest in chicago, where i’ll be talking walkaway with the incredible mary robinette kowal at 11:30 (free tickets here).my daughter and i have set up a small maker space in our house and we are stocking it with components. our latest acquisition: this 37-piece arduino sensor and effector kit. it’s a great deal at $24. here’s what’s inside: joystick module relay module rotary encoder module ds-3231 rtc module ultrasonic sensor module hc-sr501 pir […]on saturday, alex honnold became the first person to free solo climb the 3,000-foot wall of el capitan in yosemite national park, california. look ma, no rope! “honestly, i think this is the most satisfied i’ve ever been,”






adorable bulldog watches horror film on tv, gets emotional / boing boing


my daughter and i have set up a small maker space in our house and we are stocking it with components. our latest acquisition: this 37-piece arduino sensor and effector kit. it’s a great deal at $24. here’s what’s inside: joystick module relay module rotary encoder module ds-3231 rtc module ultrasonic sensor module hc-sr501 pir […]on saturday, alex honnold became the first person to free solo climb the 3,000-foot wall of el capitan in yosemite national park, california. look ma, no rope! “honestly, i think this is the most satisfied i’ve ever been,” he said afterwards. “it was exactly what i hoped for. i felt so good. it went pretty […]ginsberg’s howl isn’t merely a masterwork of poetry, nor is it merely a classic; it is also an indelible part of american free speech jurisprudence: when us






adorable bulldog watches horror film on tv, gets emotional / boing boing


on saturday, alex honnold became the first person to free solo climb the 3,000-foot wall of el capitan in yosemite national park, california. look ma, no rope! “honestly, i think this is the most satisfied i’ve ever been,” he said afterwards. “it was exactly what i hoped for. i felt so good. it went pretty […]ginsberg’s howl isn’t merely a masterwork of poetry, nor is it merely a classic; it is also an indelible part of american free speech jurisprudence: when us customs seized copies of the poem on their way into new york from the british printer’s presses, the resulting obscenity trial made history.this can’t be good for fyre media co-founders billy mcfarland and ja rule: leaked emails and documents show that organizers were not only grossly incompetent, they didn’t seem to particularly






watch this 91-year-old gymnast's fantastic parallel bars routine / boing boing


stefan kraft beat the world record on this attempt, 253.5 meters, which is over 831 feet. there was some discussion about whether he landed it legally, but he prevailed. regardless, it’s a mind-blowing feat.with no ropes, alex honnold conquered el capitan’s freerider route over the weekend. scaling the 5.12d/13a heartstopper in about four hours is widely considered the greatest feat in the history of the sport. photographer jimmy chin was there to capture all the action: @alexhonnold composed and casual free soloing (sans cord) 2000ft above the deck […]ukrainian professional boxer vasyl lomachenko jabs with incredible precision at a tennis ball attached to his hat. it’s a neat training technique! all that’s missing, of course, is a soundtrack of “gonna fly now/theme from rocky.”the bragi d






watch this 91-year-old gymnast's fantastic parallel bars routine / boing boing


stefan kraft beat the world record on this attempt, 253.5 meters, which is over 831 feet. there was some discussion about whether he landed it legally, but he prevailed. regardless, it’s a mind-blowing feat.with no ropes, alex honnold conquered el capitan’s freerider route over the weekend. scaling the 5.12d/13a heartstopper in about four hours is widely considered the greatest feat in the history of the sport. photographer jimmy chin was there to capture all the action: @alexhonnold composed and casual free soloing (sans cord) 2000ft above the deck […]ukrainian professional boxer vasyl lomachenko jabs with incredible precision at a tennis ball attached to his hat. it’s a neat training technique! all that’s missing, of course, is a soundtrack of “gonna fly now/theme from rocky.”the coding






climber, clothing company founder royal robbins dies at 82 – the denver post


by kristin j. bender,the associated press san francisco — u.s. rock climbing icon royal robbins, who founded the outdoor clothing company bearing his name, has died after a long illness, the company’s chief executive officer said wednesday.he was 82.company ceo michael millenacker said robbins died tuesday at his home in modesto, california surrounded by his family.“royal was a legendary pioneer who approached everything in life with a true spirit of adventure. he gave me my first break in the outdoor industry and set me on the path to meld a passion for the outdoors with a career,” millenacker said. “he taught me to work with purpose_that the harder we worked, the more we could give back.”robbins was part of the golden age of yosemite, a post-wwii time from roughly 1955 to 1970, when a va






how to get a nice shot of the milky way from your airplane seat / boing boing


with no ropes, alex honnold conquered el capitan’s freerider route over the weekend. scaling the 5.12d/13a heartstopper in about four hours is widely considered the greatest feat in the history of the sport. photographer jimmy chin was there to capture all the action: @alexhonnold composed and casual free soloing (sans cord) 2000ft above the deck […]hungarian artist flora borsi composited colorized photos of real immigrants from the early 20th century into contemporary photographs of new york city. “i would like to draw attention to the immigrants who wanted to live a better life in america,” borsi writes. “i tried to connect past and present with visualising these people in today’s […]the image you see here is a still frame from a splendid cinemagraph—a seamlessly-looping short video or g






alex honnold just completed the gnarliest free climb in history / boing boing


hungarian artist flora borsi composited colorized photos of real immigrants from the early 20th century into contemporary photographs of new york city. “i would like to draw attention to the immigrants who wanted to live a better life in america,” borsi writes. “i tried to connect past and present with visualising these people in today’s […]the image you see here is a still frame from a splendid cinemagraph—a seamlessly-looping short video or gif—that does not do the original justice. atlas obscura’s anika burgess writes on the strange majesty of ray collins and armand dijcks’ cinemgraphs of waves, where the captured natural beauty becomes weird, even threatening, in the eternally-recurring moment. […]aerial photographer andy yeung just released walled city, a look at how hong kong’s infam