Full Trailer for 'Free Solo' Documentary About El Capitan Free Climber
"If you're pushing the edge, eventually you find the edge." Yeah, this looks awesome. National Geographic Documentary Films has unveiled the first, full-length official trailer for a documentary titled Free Solo, following rock climber Alex Honnold as he becomes the first person to ever "free solo" climb Yosemite's 3,000 ft high El Capitan Wall. With no ropes or safety gear, he completed arguably the greatest feat in rock climbing history in June of 2017. This documentary captures his climb and the hype surrounding it, giving us an edge-of-the-seat, mind-blowing glimpse at the incredible talent and strength involved in pulling this off. The film is made by the filmmakers behind the acclaimed mountain climbing doc Meru, and features some stunning footage. As a big fan and life-long supporter of extreme sports, I really can't wait to see this.
Here's the first official trailer for E. Chai Vasarhelyi & Jimmy Chin's doc Free Solo, from YouTube:
Free Solo is an edge-of-your seat thriller and an inspiring portrait of an athlete who challenges both his body and his beliefs on a quest to triumph over the impossible, revealing the personal toll of excellence. As the climber begins his training, the armor of invincibility he's built up over decades unexpectedly breaks apart when Honnold begins to fall in love, threatening his focus and giving way to injury and setbacks. Vasarhelyi and Chin succeed in beautifully capturing deeply human moments with Honnold as well as the death-defying climb with exquisite artistry and masterful, vertigo-inducing camerawork. The result is a triumph of the human spirit that represents what The New York Times calls "a miraculous opportunity for the rest of us to experience the human sublime." Free Solo is directed by filmmakers E. Chai Vasarhelyi (A Normal Life, Youssou Ndour: I Bring What I Love, Touba, Incorruptible) & Jimmy Chin, both of the doc Meru previously. The film will premiere at festivals this fall. National Geographic Documentary Films will then release Free Solo in select theaters later this fall. Stay tuned for more updates. First impression?
Reader Feedback - 7 Comments
As someone who is afraid of heights....this might be tough to watch, but if it's by the same people who did "Meru"(which I've heard is amazing), this should be pretty stellar.
THE_RAW_ on Aug 13, 2018
I loved Meru and I'm really looking forward to this. That someone would actually do this without any kind of safety gear is nuts to me though.
Efterklang on Aug 13, 2018
Meru is a stellar film made by the same couple. People should find it and watch it. It has more than climbing in it, including several human stories (yes, survival is one them, and so is death); but also human relationships. It was really well done. The on-mountain shots were only possible because Jimmy Chin (one of the three world class climbers attempting Meru) is an excellent photographer. You need someone who is both.
Steph Durant on Aug 14, 2018
Of course, most of us wouldn't do it. I never saw any excitement in climbing. But I respect people that do...
shiboleth on Aug 13, 2018
I see where you're coming from about not knowing whether to admire him or think that he's crazy. I can't honestly believe that anyone that would attempt such a thing is completely sane, but I do admire the man. No one apparently has ever achieved this until now. I thought for sure that Lynn Hill did it years ago, but I guess not.I saw a doc on Honnold a few years ago and I'm quite sure he has little interest in anything that isn't related to climbing. He lives, eats and breathes the sport. I think he's been climbing since about the age of 4 too. Amazing guy. Not sure I can watch this though. I could barely watch The Walk without covering my eyes half the time.
Charles Knowlton on Aug 13, 2018
It's only a matter a time
DAVIDPD on Aug 14, 2018
Well, it is not for us mere plebes to understand genius and fully comprehend it. We can work to acknowledge it though. And Honnold alone on a wall is that. Genius at work. Just like Michaelangelo, Da Vinci, Einstein and others. Now, I can tell you that Honnold prepares intensely for any free solo climb, climbing the route numerous times with ropes before he knows he has it nailed. If that helps at all. Honnold actually abandoned his first free solo attempt on this wall in 2016, feeling he just was not fully dialed in on that day. However, you really have to start from a place that acknowledges that you can't directly relate; that you aren't blessed with genius. Also, Honnold does free solo rather sporadically. Less than 5% of his climbing, he says. Apparently, it's a "live life" wish that he has, and not a death wish. The rest of us get to enjoy genius at work. It doesn't come along every day.
Steph Durant on Aug 14, 2018
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