Climbing Video: Alex Honnold Free Soloing Half Dome


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Chris McNamara

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Topic Author's Original Post - Aug 25, 2009 - 11:54am PT just posted a link to this very cool video of Alex Honnold free soloing the Regular Northwest Face of Half Dome. I think the full version of this will be in the Reel Rock Tour

and the direct link to the video

Photo by Sender Films -

Big Wall climber
Aug 25, 2009 - 12:04pm PT
Was there more than like a half second of climbing in that video? Most of it was third class. Cool stuff still. Looking forward to seeing the full video.

Trad climber
Mill Valley, CA
Aug 25, 2009 - 12:07pm PT
"just a second, I'm like freaking out actually"

Honnold is human!!!
Fish Finder

Social climber
Aug 25, 2009 - 12:11pm PT

He came from crazy folks.. obviously.
Scout 2

Trad climber
Aug 25, 2009 - 12:11pm PT
Awsum stuff.keep on sending It ALEX
Jim E

Aug 25, 2009 - 12:11pm PT
"I came from crazy, crazy folks, obviously"

Roger Breedlove

Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Aug 25, 2009 - 12:20pm PT
Cool photo of Alex standing in the middle of Thank God ledge. Great video. Thanks Chris.

Trad climber
new york, NY
Aug 25, 2009 - 12:31pm PT
I think he might name it the "WHAT THE FUK AM I DOING" ledge!

Trad climber
meffa, ma
Aug 25, 2009 - 12:41pm PT
thanks for the video!

I think that link is also notable since it contains in the comments the first ever friendly and respectful disagreement on the internet.

Trad climber
Santa Clara, ca
Aug 25, 2009 - 01:04pm PT
Anyone else getting a message that says it is a "password protected" video?

Did I miss the sweetness?
Climbing Narcissist

Boulder climber
Aug 25, 2009 - 01:13pm PT
No, it's not just you. According to the guy who orginially posted the video it will be back in a few hours after some changes are made.
Mark Not-circlehead

Boulder climber
Martinez, CA
Aug 25, 2009 - 01:19pm PT
Watch one of the other videos, then click back, and the Half Dome video will play......

Trad climber
Aug 25, 2009 - 01:33pm PT
The video played right away for me. I like that they focused on him more than the climbing.
Climbing Narcissist

Boulder climber
Aug 25, 2009 - 08:17pm PT
Sounds like the clip will be back up some time next week

Aug 25, 2009 - 08:25pm PT
In this video the corporate robot is starting to wrap the poor kid into it's hold. Stay raw Alex.

Big Wall climber
Enumclaw, WA
Aug 27, 2009 - 01:26am PT
I would like to congrat. Alex in his hour of greatness. I am sure that no honest climber would look away from the achievement, as it is most respectable. I would caution, however, that in 2000' of free-solo climbing ... it only takes one slight miscalculation ... and then the force of gravity at 9.8 m/s^2 takes hold ... and in the long run ... no one would care except your friends and family at your funeral!

BE CAREFUL OUT THERE ... Remember, My hero Johnny Rock! "It is only the last meter that is most dangerous."

Trad climber
Olympia, WA
May 31, 2010 - 10:08pm PT
I want to see it!!!!
Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
May 31, 2010 - 10:31pm PT
Really cool site, Werner, thanks. (Kemple)

San Jacinto
May 31, 2010 - 10:41pm PT
Sick send but Vimro isnt workin! can u buy the full DVD anyplace?
Climbing Narcissist

Boulder climber
Jun 1, 2010 - 05:25pm PT
I believe this footage will be part of a First Ascent The Series DVD box set coming out later this year.

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Jul 15, 2010 - 01:26am PT
There are excerpts on Google video. Amazing.
noal elkins

Jul 15, 2010 - 03:37am PT
noal elkins

Jul 15, 2010 - 03:39am PT

Jul 15, 2010 - 03:53am PT
That green plaid shirt is super sketchy .

Trad climber
Berkeley, CA
Jul 15, 2010 - 06:43pm PT
Anyone have a version of the half dome clip in English?

Jul 15, 2010 - 07:03pm PT
Man .... !!!!!!!!

He's damn good!

He climbs really quiet, controlled and best of all so relaxed .....


Sport climber
The Big Wide Open Face
Jul 15, 2010 - 07:17pm PT
The limitation of that kind of vid is that this style was established in the last 80s at MTV to cover stuff down and dirty (no sound design, no writing, gimicky "flash" editing, et al) resulting in an "immediate" feel but no actual content save the eye candy quotient. This is a disposable format that allows some footage while paying only for skin and bones production using prosumer cameras and someone's Final Cut Pro system set up in their garage.

So you have iconic events (Half Dome free solo) presented home movie style. I sort of like the rough edge of this stuff but if yo see this stuff on TV at all it's by and large on low end cable at two AM.


Gym climber
Apr 6, 2011 - 04:13am PT
I shed tears. Yes, stay raw, Alex.
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