Media Alert: First Video of Most Dangerous Rope-Free Climb Ever

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See First Video of Most Dangerous Rope-Free Climb Ever

These hair-raising moments are the first video footage from renowned rock climber Alex Honnold’s ascent of the 3,000-foot wall of El Capitan—without a rope. On June 3rd, Honnold became the first person ever to free solo climb this famous rock face at Yosemite National Park, California.

The historic event was first reported on June 3 by and was captured for National Geographic Documentary Films’ upcoming feature film SOLO (working title), produced by award-winning documentary filmmaker E. Chai Vasarhelyi, critically acclaimed filmmaker and world-class climber in his own right Jimmy Chin, Shannon Dill, Evan Hayes, Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald. The climb and preparation were also documented for an upcoming National Geographic magazine feature.

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Media Contacts

Anna Kukelhaus
National Geographic

Erin Griffin
National Geographic