Free Solo climber Alex Honnold on eliminating fear and accomplishing greatness
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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