The new movie, Free Solo follows Alex Honnold as he becomes the first person to ever free solo climb Yosemite's 3,000ft high El Capitan Wall. With no ropes or safety gear, he completed arguably the greatest feat in rock climbing history. Here's our original tribute to Alex and the remarkable alpinists and athletes of his lot.
“Going up into those mountains is an interior journey, it's about knowing how far you can push yourself and how you face the fears that we all have.”
A mountain to be climbed, a river to be rafted or a stretch of countryside to be raced on can summon up significance and power for us simply by being designated the field of adventure. Our runs in these dreamlike places bring a quickening of the spirit, a connection with the life force and a concentration of energies that give our experiences out there a heightened quality. They are a way of giving thanks to Mother Earth.
Recent studies are finally corroborating what educators, mountain athletes and backpackers have always known: being in nature has profoundly positive effects on human beings.The sense of wonder and awe elicited by being in nature invites people to redirect concern away from the self and toward everything else. Those adventurous souls who have been touched by this quiet sense of awe and power tend to act more generously and ethically, since they feel a deeper connection to others and the world in general.