A good friend of mine (Ben), sent me this video today. A friend of his was on the film crew that shot the video so there’s two degrees of separation between Alex Honnold and myself. I’m sure that Kevin Bacon is in there somewhere too. Yes, there is. I checked The Oracle of Bacon and if you select all options, Alex Honnold has a Bacon number of 3. But I digress….
Obviously Alex Honnold isn’t nearly as famous as Mr. Bacon. Most people outside of the world of rock climbing have never heard of him. Now I don’t rock climb. I have in the past – both on actual rock faces and on man-made walls on ropes courses. I was never particularly good at it – I’ve always been a little afraid of heights, and I’ll be the first one to admit that my coordination is more than lacking.
Alex seems to have no fear of heights, a firm grip on his coordination, and has uncanny ability to navigate and traverse some of the, if not the most difficult routes on the planet. And did I mention that he does it all without ropes? That’s right. He’s a free solo climber – as in one wrong move and he looses it all. There are no ropes or nets to protect him. Now before you think that he’s absolutely insane, you also need to know that he’ll spend days or weeks planning, practicing, and cleaning routes before he attempts the accent without a rope. Just the man and the mountain. One finger grip or toe hold at a time, he seems to defy gravity and progresses gracefully up vertical granite faces until he reaches the summit.
Alex has found his passion. He’s proven time and time again; that with proper planning, a firm grip, anyone can follow their path and reach the top.