In 1985, Russ Clune, then one of America's leading rock climbers, found himself in South Korea, where the free climbing revolution had yet to take hold. He went on a two-week kick of nonstop new routing.
“Maria was a fearsome force, a gravitational body that drew you in with her broad smile, infectious laugh, and sharp intellect.”
Free soloing means climbing with no rope, a genre that verged into American consciousness in the 1970s. In 2018 it blew up, with Alex Honnold's mind-bending solo of El Capitan and the award-winning film that chronicled it. Let's take a look back.