In 2011, Alex Honnold realized what was then the most difficult rope-free ascent in Yosemite Valley with his free solo from The Phoenix (7c +). More than ten years later, filmmaker Peter Mortimer publishes the video of the radical solo effort. A personal and breathtaking look behind the scenes of this solo.
Climbed more than ten years ago Alex Honnold almost for breakfast the legendary tear line The Phoenix (7c +) in Yosemite free solo. By inspecting the extremely exposed and overhanging route in 2011, Honnold set new standards when it comes to free soloing in Yosemite Valley: No one before him had dared to climb such a difficult route without a rope. Peter Mortimer captured Alex Honnold's impressive solo effort on camera. His eight-minute film, which he recently released, not only features the hair-raising free solo, but also offers an intimate glimpse into the work of a filmmaker that seems almost as nerve-wracking.
Alex Honnold free solo in The Phoenix (7c+)
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Credits: Cover picture Reel rock / Peter Mortimer