At the annual American Alpine Club gathering yesterday in New York City, climbing luminaries Chris Bonington, Reinhold Messner, Ueli Steck, and more talking about the future of Everest and the changing nature of the sport.
Alex Honnold makes the first free solos of the largest walls in North America. He scales 2,000 feet with only shoes and chalk bag—no rope, no safety, and no room for error. Though he's a superhero on the walls, off the rock Alex is a shy, self-effacing young guy living in his van. He's sort of a Clark Kent-Superman character.
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