This Week in Climbing #64 (June 4, 2017)

This Week in Climbing is a weekly roundup of the best and most interesting rock climbing stuff that happened over the last week. But yesterday, Alex Honnold free soloed El Cap’s Freerider (5.13a). As far as I’m concerned, this is single most impressive feat in the history of rock climbing. While other newsworthy climbing-related stuff happened this week, Alex’s ascent is so mindblowing that really nothing else can compare. As such, this week’s news roundup is dedicated solely to Alex’s achievement.

There have been many more articles by other climbing news outlets that basically just regurgitate these NatGeo articles. Here are a few worth reading that stand out:

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  1. Hey, I like the brief updates about climbing news! I do agree with you about how free soloing el cap is the biggest thing in climbing ever. Can’t wait to see what Alex does next!

  2. Absolutely agree that this is the most impressive part of rock climbing history thus far!

    The thing that struck me the most was the mindset he needed to get into. His TED talk about that filled me with awe – it’s not something a good climber just randomly does, the mental preparation is something that takes years.

    I’ve got nothing but respect for Hannold, even though he may indeed be a little crazy (or as he calls it, he has a ‘particular mindset’ :p)

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