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Most of you may not know that when I first joined the Café, I was really into Rock Climbing, hence the nickname Rockwall.

However, I've never really understood the desire to 'free solo', or to climb solo without the use of any ropes or safety devices.

Just the same, this is a beautiful short video of what is being called possibly the most difficult free solo in history. Renan Ozturk is the director and if you want to see some absolutely amazing outdoor video, you ought to do a search on him.

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Never.
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That was stunning. He makes being a superman look easy.
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I thought this was going to be a thread on the Gilbreath Principle.
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I thought this was the most interesting section of the article:

"Honnold’s ability to ignore the higher questions—to ignore death—is not part of the reason for his success. It’s the entire reason. It’s also the source of his allure. I suspect that most people who watch Honnold’s videos do not particularly envy his climbing ability. We envy his ability to forget about death."
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I find it terrifying and a bit sad. I really don't understand the motivation to do something as risky as this and there have been a LOT of deaths from from falling by free climbers.

This next video is one that fascinated me when I first started climbing. It's really an easy climb, one that I could do myself pretty easily, but the fascinating part is how quickly he does it. Unfortunately, the climber is no longer with us. (He didn't actually die from climbing but from doing a free fall jump with ropes.)

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Rockwall, that was incredible. Thanks for posting it. I love it but would never try it.
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On Oct 14, 2015, TonyB2009 wrote:
That was stunning. He makes being a superman look easy.


Technically, isn't he being "Spider Man?"
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I used to rock climb in high school. I made sure I was wearing a good harness and was always on belay. I'm not sure having no fear of death is a good thing...
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I don't think it is. I'm actually sad that these guys may be inspiring young people to do similar things. There have been way too many tragic deaths of free climbers. If it was my son, I would do everything in my power to get him to climb sensibly and with protection.
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On Oct 14, 2015, TonyB2009 wrote:
That was stunning. He makes being a superman look easy.


Technically, isn't he being "Spider Man?"

Technically you may be right - but I did use a lowercase s in superman, to distinguish him from the cartoon character. I wouldn't want to appear to be a nerd by knowing who Spiderman is.

I love watching this sort of stuff, but it also makes me deeply uncomfortable because I know how much risk the climber is taking. My twelve year old daughter loves climbing and seems to have a total disdain for safety. Walk by a castle and she will be thirty feet up, clinging to the wall. So I have got her some climbing lessons in the hope she might discover ropes and harnesses!
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On Oct 14, 2015, TonyB2009 wrote:
That was stunning. He makes being a superman look easy.


Technically, isn't he being "Spider Man?"

Technically you may be right - but I did use a lowercase s in superman, to distinguish him from the cartoon character. I wouldn't want to appear to be a nerd by knowing who Spiderman is.

I love watching this sort of stuff, but it also makes me deeply uncomfortable because I know how much risk the climber is taking. My twelve year old daughter loves climbing and seems to have a total disdain for safety. Walk by a castle and she will be thirty feet up, clinging to the wall. So I have got her some climbing lessons in the hope she might discover ropes and harnesses!


Oh, yeah. Well, I'm nerd enough that when I see "a superman," I think of the guy in blue tights. But yeah, "a superman," kinda like Doc Savage.
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"Catch your dreams before they slip away."
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Ain't life unkind?"
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I never understood why it is nerd to know Superman but not nerd to know Beowulf? It is simply epic storytelling. Chauser and all were simply telling epic stories much the same way comic books do.

Then again maybe it is nerd to know Beowulf.
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Danny, I am a nerd then because I have read Beowulf. And I've seen the Christopher Reeve Superman movies. But it ended there. Superman struck me as an epic story, whereas all the other superheroes struck me as ripoffs of the idea. I may be wrong, but have never felt tempted to watch one to find out.

Doc Savage, on the other hand, I enjoyed, Ed.
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I hope you avoided the movie Tony, I didn't. Smile Beowulf is "lit-nerd" material. He's not the popular culture reference comic book or television references would be. I think he got ONE movie and it didn't do well. Pity.
"There's no time to lose," I heard her say.
"Catch your dreams before they slip away."
"Dying all the time, lose your dreams and you could lose your mind.
Ain't life unkind?"
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He is an amazing charecter.
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I have to admit I stuck to the book. Beowulf the movie is not something I could see working well!
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A 60 Minutes piece on Alex Honnold.



"<His greatest accomplishment> is that he's still alive. If you look at the path of people that have made a real habit of soloing, at least half of them are dead." John Long, famous rock climber who popularized “free soloing”.
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I've done some pretty crazy stuff while playing Uncharted. And I was carrying guns and shooting at bad guys. And I've died hundreds of times. It ain't such a big deal to die.

Just saying.
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