’60 Minutes’ to Feature Honnold
UPDATED: If you missed Alex Honnold on "60 Minutes" Sunday, October 2, watch the video here.
"Daredevil scales 1,600-foot rock wall without ropes." That’s the headline CBS news uses to describe Alex Honnold’s free solo of the Chouinard-Herbert (5.11+, 15 pitches) on the Sentinel in Yosemite. "60 Minutes" filmed the climb, which they’ll be airing this Sunday, October 2, at 7 p.m. ET. Back in June, Honnold soloed CH right after soloing The Phoenix, which is the world’s first recorded 5.13.
"Cameras strategically placed along a sheer rock wall in Yosemite National Park put viewers right beside Honnold as he makes his free-solo climb of [the] Sentinel, a feat never done before," the CBS article says.
Perhaps the non-climbing audience hasn’t seen Honnold on something 99.9 percent of climbers will never do, but most of us remember Sender Film’s First Ascent episode "Alone on the Wall," which famously shows Honnold creeping along Thank God Ledge, 1,800 feet off the ground, during his 2008 solo of the Regular Northwest Face (VI 5.12a, 23 pitches) of Half Dome. Viewers watched breathlessly as Honnold froze on the narrow ledge with his back to the wall, telling the camera, "Just a sec, I’m freaking out actually."
"When I’m soloing, I have this mental armor. You can say I’m in the zone. There’s something protecting my head from thinking too much," Honnold says in "Alone," right before the camera pans to the Thank God Ledge stance. "And for whatever reason on Half Dome, I ran out of whatever armor I had."
It’ll be interesting to see how CBS portrays one of our community’s boldest climbers to the mainstream public. But this isn’t the first time Honnold has been featured outside the relatively small climbing world; in May, Honnold graced the cover of National Geographic.
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