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Great film, that kid is insane.

Also checkout Valley Uprising if you can find it. Kind of the prequel to rock climbing as a sport today, the history of it, etc. Really interesting stuff.
 

maverickasu

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... amazing, watched a short about it need to do the whole thing...
 

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I'd have the theater seat sucked so far up my ass I wouldn't be able to get up if saw it.
 
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alex is insane and his mental game is nuts, there are definately guys out there that climb way harder than him but none have that mental game to even think about the stuff he does.

any of the reel rock films are also highly reccommended
meru was pretty bad ass as well

"touching the void" while not the same type of film, is one of my favorite documentaries/ reenactments. that whole movie is a epic shit show.
 
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Watched this film the other day. Alex is an animal. I hope for his sake, he calls it good after free soloing El Cap. It sucks to say it, but one day it’ll catch up to him as it has all the great free solo climbers. All it takes is one mistake.

Great film! Check out The Dawn Wall. Another great climbing flick.
 

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"as a climbing expert".......................


jkjk

alex is insane and his mental game is nuts, there are definately guys out there that climb way harder than him but none have that mental game to even think about the stuff he does.

any of the reel rock films are also highly reccommended
meru was pretty bad ass as well

"touching the void" while not the same type of film, is one of my favorite documentaries/ reenactments. that whole movie is a epic shit show.
All great movies! Meru was awesome. Check out Cerro Torre and The Dawn Wall as well. Both really good movies.
 

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Don't think I've seen Cerro Torre.

Dawn wall was good i remember watching them on youtube live finish the last few pitches.
Yeah, great movie. It’s called Cerro Torre “A Snowballs Chance in Hell”. One of my favorites. Gotta check it out. it’s on Netflix.
 
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Crazy thing about the Dawn wall was how fast Adam ondra repeated it. All impressive ascents
Huh, I didn’t know anyone had repeated it. Pretty impressive! It seems that once a 1st assent takes place, climbers tend to follow suit pretty quickly after that. I wonder how long it takes someone to free solo el cap now that Alex has done it.....

Assault on El Cap and Wings of Steel are a couple more good ones.
 
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Huh, I didn’t know anyone had repeated it. Pretty impressive! It seems that once a 1st assent takes place, climbers tend to follow suit pretty quickly after that. I wonder how long it takes someone to free solo el cap now that Alex has done it.....

Assault on El Cap and Wings of Steel are a couple more good ones.

it all just depends, the nose went like 5 years before it saw another free ascent after Lynn hill did it. The first ascent definitely attracts others to attempt it though. Even now over 20 years later it's only seen a few repeats.

Then again there is a lot more crasy strong climbers nowadays
 
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Watched it last night....my palms were literally sweating during it. It takes a rare film/documentary to do that.
 

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Huh, I didn’t know anyone had repeated it. Pretty impressive! It seems that once a 1st assent takes place, climbers tend to follow suit pretty quickly after that. I wonder how long it takes someone to free solo el cap now that Alex has done it.....

Assault on El Cap and Wings of Steel are a couple more good ones.
Big difference when you start talking about free solo repeats though. Ondra is incredible but as far as I know he does not free solo at all. I would imagine the mental aspect of his niche will give Alex’s achievement a ton of staying power vs people that are advancing on the edge of pure difficulty like Ondra.
 
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Pretty amazing how they filmed it as well. Great documentary of an incredible accomplishment. But as the saying goes about old climbers and bold climbers...
I hope he can keep his streak indefinitely, or find another outlet prior to making an error on a route.
 

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Big difference when you start talking about free solo repeats though. Ondra is incredible but as far as I know he does not free solo at all. I would imagine the mental aspect of his niche will give Alex’s achievement a ton of staying power vs people that are advancing on the edge of pure difficulty like Ondra.

Very true idk that this sees a repeat for 20+ years if ever
 

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Great presentation. Would have preferred more film time spent on the face, amazing to see his tiny footholds and finger tip holds.
Didn't need the GF scenes. He's the story. Guy has no fear.
 

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Great presentation. Would have preferred more film time spent on the face, amazing to see his tiny footholds and finger tip holds.
Didn't need the GF scenes. He's the story. Guy has no fear.
Not sure I totally agree with that one. More climbing time sure, but it was aimed more at the journey.
There were for sure moments that were uncomfortable, I do wonder what cinematic license they took in altering the portrayal of some of those moments. Still, I think the personal life was useful.
For one thing man wants to climb rock so climbs rock isn’t ever going to get the traction that a documentary delving into why and how he climbed the rock is.
Second, I think the backstory of his family and personal relationships was important to showing that part of what makes him insanely good at his craft is his faults. He has some personal demons related to feeling as if he’s never adequate from his mother, and he’s not good with empathy. His drive to do what he wants to do and inability to see when it bothers or hurts others is a key to the success in his niche. But, I think people don’t want to see the darker side to insane athletes and their lives.
Lastly I’m not sure they really had much more film time anyway, for major parts of the face he didn’t want to be able to see cameramen, because he didn’t want to be distracted. Peter Croft seemed extremely worried that Alex was being filmed at all, much less on the extremely complicated faces.
 

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I’ve been off work today with fever and crud. I stumbled across this thread and watched Free Solo and Asault on El Capitan. Absolutely amazing. Tommy Caldwell is a 9 1/2 fingered machine. Thanks for bringing these documentaries up.
 

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I’ve been off work today with fever and crud. I stumbled across this thread and watched Free Solo and Asault on El Capitan. Absolutely amazing. Tommy Caldwell is a 9 1/2 fingered machine. Thanks for bringing these documentaries up.
All good films. Check out “Wings of Steel”. A couple of climbers (Ammon and Kait) did a 2nd accent of route (Wings of Steel) which was the route featured in Assault on El Cap. Gave the original climbers validity.

If you’ve watched “Assault on El Cap” you gotta watch “Wings of Steel”.
 
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Meru was worth the watch also. I’m trying to find Wings of Steel and get it in the cue. The tenacity that these guys have is over the top. I’m too old to take up climbing but it takes my mind in some other directions. This was good inspiration on a bad day.
 
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I remember seeing that Alex kid free solo El Cap at the BAMFF film festival years ago. Many years, I can't recall how many. My thought was "that kid will be dead in a couple years". Well, I was wrong.

I think he's nuts but he seems to know what he's doing. Incredible stamina, confidence, technical proficiency. And balls. HUGE balls.
 

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I remember seeing that Alex kid free solo El Cap at the BAMFF film festival years ago. Many years, I can't recall how many. My thought was "that kid will be dead in a couple years". Well, I was wrong.

I think he's nuts but he seems to know what he's doing. Incredible stamina, confidence, technical proficiency. And balls. HUGE balls.
This was the first time El Cap has been Free Soloed. I could be wrong but what you may have seen was him free solo Half Dome. I know he did that quite awhile ago.
 

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You're right. I think I saw him maybe ten, twelve years ago. From wikipedia:

In the mind of the climbing world, Honnold emerged from the goo fully formed. In 2006 nobody had heard of him. In 2007 he free soloed Yosemite's Astroman and the Rostrum in a day, matching Peter Croft's legendary 1987 feat, and suddenly Honnold was pretty well-known. A year later, he free soloed the 1,200-foot, 5.12d finger crack that splits Zion's Moonlight Buttress. The ascent was reported on April 1. For days, people thought the news was a joke. Five months afterward, Honnold took the unprecedented step of free soloing the 2,000-foot, glacially bulldozed Regular Northwest Face of Half Dome. Croft called this climb the most impressive ropeless ascent ever done.
 
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You're right. I think I saw him maybe ten, twelve years ago. From wikipedia:

In the mind of the climbing world, Honnold emerged from the goo fully formed. In 2006 nobody had heard of him. In 2007 he free soloed Yosemite's Astroman and the Rostrum in a day, matching Peter Croft's legendary 1987 feat, and suddenly Honnold was pretty well-known. A year later, he free soloed the 1,200-foot, 5.12d finger crack that splits Zion's Moonlight Buttress. The ascent was reported on April 1. For days, people thought the news was a joke. Five months afterward, Honnold took the unprecedented step of free soloing the 2,000-foot, glacially bulldozed Regular Northwest Face of Half Dome. Croft called this climb the most impressive ropeless ascent ever done.
Dudes and animal. I watched “Valley Uprising” and he was featured in there when he first came on the scene. Goofy big eared kid and then just started dominated everyone. Lol Kids on another level. I’m really hoping he got his fill after Free Soloing El Cap. Free soloing IMO is on the same par with BASE jumping, and Proximity Wing Suit Flying. You can’t make any mistakes... and all it takes is one.....