Using nothing but skill matched with his fingertips and toes, Alex Honnold, a Sacramento native who graduated from Mira Loma High School, climbed the face of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. That’s a 3,000-foot climb, straight-up, with no ropes.
He’s the first person to complete the climb, and he did it in under 4 hours. 3 hours, 56 minutes, to be exact. No ropes, no safety gear, just a man and his rather muscular fingers.
Check out a seriously vertigo-inducing image of Alex climbing here.
He started his climb just after 5:30 Saturday morning, and finished just before 9:30. That marks the end of his training for the climb, for which he traveled to various locations in the United States, China, Europe, Morocco, and even a climbing gym right here in Sacramento. He and a few friends, including a film crew, were all sworn to secrecy about the climb. The film crew, by the way, was filming a documentary for National Geographic.
What an amazing climb, a serious feat for Alex, and a frightening thought for the rest of us.