What Deuce and John Gill say about progress are right on.....but still, whew.
There's some lil kids cranking stuff in the gyms that would have been beyond description 5 years back, some of them are taking to the cliffs with startling and impressive results. Who knows what's possible ?
This is another armchair fantasy. Reality is that the El Cap routes that go free have too many features to hit long before a chute would open. Even on the Salathe Headwall, there's Sous Le Toit and slabs for a few hundred feet below it in the way. The Nose upper dihedrals are a giant low angle drainpipe with numerous ledges. If it could be done with a reasonable level of sanity, I think it would have been attempted by now, for sure.
Just back from the OR show. Most notable change for me since i worked in the outdoor industry was the amazing number of incredible climbers who were there as "atheletes" or " ambassadors" for outdoor companies. There were also a ton more who were looking for sponsorship.
There is now intense competition for a limited amount of sponsorship dollars. To stand out from the crowd you have to do more and more outrageous things. A few years ago Alex Honnold was nowhere in the sponsorship arena and now he is a corporate darling....and for good reason. His accomplishments speak for himself and he's a great guy to boot.
Take home lesson....young climbers are wondering how to make that jump to stardom.....soloing El Cap comes to mind. Something like that should be uniquely, unqualifiedly PERSONAL. Other motives portend trouble.
It has been free-soloed, sort of. I saw it on Star Trek V: The Final Frontier. Kirk is free-soloing but is startled by Spock in "jet boots" and falls.
So I guess it has not been free-soloed.
BTW, while I have always liked the original Star Trek series and some of the subsequent films with the original cast members. I am not a Trekkie. I just remember that scene, probably because it was shot in the Valley.
I never saw any of the other Star Trek offshots (perhaps watched a couple of minutes, and at an Actor's Masterclass at the Galway Film Fleadh, Colm Meaney was the featured talker and spoke some of the series he was in).
Though I liked the latest movie with the new young cast.