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. Here's our original tribute to Alex and the remarkable alpinists/ 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.”
You've probably noticed how nourishing the experience is: how spending time in the natural world – immersed in the energy of trees, rivers, mountains and wildflower-filled meadows -- just feels really good. But why exactly is this?
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.
Recent studies are finally corroborating what educators, mountain athletes and backpackers have always known: being in nature has profoundly positive effects on human beings.