Since I have been pretty busy recently, I have not had as much time to write new blog posts. While I am still constantly finding new things I love to recommend, I wanted to share some of my previous favorite recommendations. Over the course of this blog, I have now written over a year’s worth of posts (372 and counting), so you may have missed some of these along the way!
Free Solo is an incredible documentary about a rock-climber named Alex Honnold. It is available for free on Disney+ and other streaming platforms, so it should not be too difficult to find a place to watch it. If you watch the film, I think your hands will start to sweat even just sitting on the couch.
The film is about Alex Honnold and his desire to climb El Capitan in Yosemite (pictured above). If you have never heard of El Capitan (like me before I watched the film), wait until you see it in the movie. It looks impossible to climb, and this is true even if the climber is using ropes. However, Honnold takes it one step further and free-climbs it; this means that he does not have any ropes or support, and he has to do it all in one continuous climb without stopping. If he makes one mistake on the climb, he will literally fall 3000 feet to his death.
After watching this documentary, I have so much more respect for climbers, and especially free climbers. The amount of mental strength they have is incredible, even if they are borderline crazy. Honnold even says in the film that he does not really have a sense of fear, so free-climbing a mountain is the only thing that can give him even a little bit of adrenaline.
The movie was shot by famous photographer Jimmy Chin, who had to be alongside Honnold for the climb (although he was wearing a harness). The entire movie is exactly 100 minutes, and you will be on the edge of your seat for all of it. It is definitely a must-see experience for any type of adventurer.
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