"From time to time we come across someone so remarkable, that it defies belief..."
So begins this video. This blew my mind. Alex Honnold, 26 years old, is the world's best rock climber. He "free solos" (no ropes, no protection) mountain walls like Half-Dome in Yosemite that are 2000 feet tall. (That's close to a 1/2 a mile in height.) If you fall, you are dead -- no two ways about it. Alex travels around in a van so he can climb when he feels like it. His lifestyle costs him about $1,000 a month. (He's got a North Face sponsorship to help pay the bills.) This guy is amazing.
I just got back from Yosemite and took photos of "Half Dome," a mountain I've now seen up close. It does
defy belief that someone could climb this without a partner or any form of protection. For more about Alex, watch the movie "Alone on the Wall". Here's a promo vid for the movie: http://vimeo.com/11687754+Robert Scoble +Thomas Hawk +Trey Ratcliff +Karen Hutton +Scott Kublin +shirley lo +Charles Lu +Kimberly Shoemaker +Tina Ratcliff +Scott Jarvie +Peter Adams +Julia Peterson
: Thought you all would get a kick out of this!