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Free Solo climber Alex Honnold on eliminating fear and accomplishing greatness

Free Solo climber Alex Honnold on eliminating fear and accomplishing greatness

Update: 2021-03-24
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Alex Honnold is one of the greatest rock climbers on the planet and is most famous for his daring ascent of Yosemite’s 3,000-foot El Capitan without a rope. The climb was chronicled in the Oscar award-winning National Geographic documentary Free Solo. Few athletes in the world have reached the level of mastery in their field the way Alex has. He details how visualization has prepared him for some of his most dangerous and awe-inspiring accomplishments. Alex shares how he has trained himself to control and almost eliminate fear while he makes life or death solo climbs. He discusses his beginnings in rock climbing (3:40 ), risk vs. consequence (9:25 ), judging success based on the journey, not the outcome (11:46 ), playing to your strengths (18:10 ), training for El Capitan (24:50 ), Free Solo (28:00 ), visualization (32:41 ), overcoming fear (37:24 ), REM Sleep (43:16 ), what’s next (55:44 ), staying safe while free soloing (1:02:18 ), his public perception as a risk taker (1:04:33 ), and avoiding risks in everyday life (1:05:44 ).


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Keith Gordon

the part on negative visualization is very interesting. Michael Phelps apparently set a world record with his goggles messed up and him swimming mostly blind because he was so prepared from negative visualization of how he would deal with a goggles problem. I think Michael described it on this podcast, or someone who coached him did. can't remember exactly where this was

May 8th
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Free Solo climber Alex Honnold on eliminating fear and accomplishing greatness

Free Solo climber Alex Honnold on eliminating fear and accomplishing greatness

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