Alex Honnold free soloing Sentinel in Yosemite Valley

The Ascent of Alex Honnold

60 Minutes ran a piece last night about rock climber Alex Honnold free soloing a serious 2000 foot route on Sentinel in Yosemite Valley.

I love seeing and hearing veteran climber John Long (also a legend but from my generation) commenting to Lara Logan. Both Honnold and Long are arguably two of the best climbers of their respective times but both seem relatively humble in the various clips and no doubt this was attractive to Lara Logan and producer Jeff Newton.

Here’s some behind the scenes commentary by Newton on filming: Filming mountain climber Alex Honnold.

And, check out this interview footage 60 Minutes did with Alex that didn’t run in the piece: Dude: The quirky world of Alex Honnold. You have to love this guy; he doesn’t take himself too seriously and he lives at home with his parents.

Dude, I’ve climbed Sentinel by a route right near the one he did. My hands were sweating watching this on TV last night. Gnarly.

[via Steve Splonskowski and David Clark]

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