From Climbing Wall to Real Mountain: Can You Handle It? – Wall Street Journal

ALEX HONNOLD is alive. Which shouldn’t be noteworthy except that a particular scene in “Free Solo,” a documentary following his efforts to ropelessly scale the 3,000-foot face of Yosemite’s El Capitan, clearly suggested that his death was about to be captured on film.

Dangling from barely perceptible granite nubs, Mr. Honnold karate-kicked his foot out wide, shifting his body weight into the thin air above Yosemite Valley. To live, he’d have to land that foot cleanly on marble-smooth rock, and shimmy his body to relative…

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