By now, the entire world knows that Alex Honnold managed to pull of one of the most daring and dangerous climbs in history this past weekend. That’s when the 31-year old climber free soloed the 3000-foot Freerider route on El Capitan in Yosemite with little more than a pair of climbing shoes and chalk bag. Honnold’s ascent is receiving universal acclaim from the rest of the climbing community, with some calling it the most impressive accomplishment in sports ever.
Now, we have the first video footage from the ascent, which is just as scary as you might imagine. The footage was released by National Geographic and shows Honnold working a crack high on the route, with the Yosemite Valley floor visible far below in the background. The clip helps to put this achievement into perspective, giving us all a sense of what it was like for Honnold to go up this iconic slab of granite without ropes or any kind of safety device at all.
Check it out above.