It was just the greatest accomplishment in the history of free climbing. One of the greatest accomplishments in athletics of any kind. You get to decide for yourself if the movie was about courage and determination or an unhealthy obsession.
And now for something completely different – and yet closely related.
Many of you may have seen the Oscar-winning movie, Free Solo. His job may have been easier if he hadn’t been encumbered by unnecessary textiles. Like this Spanish climber, Davis Fuste:
Or then there is this guy, Austin Howell, climbing a rock face in Georgia:
Let us not forget that just 2 days after Honnold did his epic free climb, another first took place. Leah Pappajohn and Jonathan Fleury climbed El Capitan by the Nose Route in one day, naked. According to Pappajohn, it was her best time for the route. “Turns out clothes are just sandbags.” quoth she.
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We Did It!!! @j.fleury and I climbed The Nose naked; the first naked ascent of El Cap! (for you non-climbers out there: "naked" is not a fancy climbing term like "free". It straight-up means I did it without any clothes.) We even broke both of our personal time records on the route: 12hrs exactly! I'm telling ya'll- lightweight is the way to do it! It's hard to express what I feel after a life dream has been achieved. Yes, I feel some sunburn. I feel a bit sore. I feel proud of myself of course. But overwhelmingly, I feel so loved. I feel supported and encouraged by my friends, all the monkeys, my family (who answered my victory-announcing phone call with EVERYONE on speaker phone to hear), and especially my favorite monkey, Robbie. He has helped me every step of the way, (and even managed to get us on the news!) Anyhow, thanks ya'll for knowing that something this silly was still, honestly important to me. I guess the thing is, I thought I'd be saying that this is the greatest accomplishment of my life, but that's not true. It feels so much greater to be the best friend, daughter, sister, and partner that I can be. Working at that is always my most worthwhile struggle, and greatest achievement when I feel this kind of love. #FNA #themonkeysaresending #niad
Maybe 20 years ago when we took the kids to Sequoia National Park there was a young woman soloing up the side of Moro Rock topless. (Of course, I didn’t have a camera at that instant.) What surprised me wasn’t the toplessness but the lack of any particular gaggle of onlookers. Just another day at the park. That’s a good thing.
I used to climb a bit out in Joshua Tree (the Hall of Horrors is one of my favorite easy climbs) and in the Sespe (sometimes nude). I was younger then and had arms and legs that were still strong and pain-free. All these climbs are so far beyond anything I ever thought to attempt. They boggle my imagination.