Free Solo

Free Solo

DVD - 2019
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Despite attempts by his friends, loved ones and his new girlfriend to dissuade him from this dangerous feat, Alex Honnold, the worlds most accomplished free soloist climber, prepares mentally and physically for his most daring adventure to date: scaling the 3200-foot El Capitan in Yosemite without a rope or safety gear. If he succeeds, it will mark the largest wall he, or anyone else, for that matter, has ascended without any kind of equipment.
Published: [Washington, DC] :, National Geographic,, [2019]
Branch Call Number: DVD 796.522 FRE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (100 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.
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Jul 15, 2019

I only gave this film 3 stars because of the last 20 minutes. Overall, a pretty uninteresting subject and pretty boring film as I experienced it. Once they git to his actual free ascent - WHEW - it really starts to grip you how nerve-wracking what he did is. How high up he is, the number of times he had to make a move with barely a thumbnail bump to hold on to. Sort of unbelievable people can climb these things, free or roped - but to do it with any mistake ending your life? The guy has to be a little off his rocker to do that. I don't know if it is him, or the editing and pacing of the film itself, but the first hour was pretty boring to me - I did not find Alex a very interesting subject off the cliff face - you might experience him differently. I'm glad I watched it. I would have given the film only 2 stars, but the last 20 minutes were so compelling, I bumped it up to 3 stars.

ReadingAdviser_Lori Jul 11, 2019

My palms were sweaty watching Alex Honnold's attempt to climb a 900 meter vertical rock face! He definitely has nerves of steel!

Jul 06, 2019

It's a "JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI" for adrenaline junkies. Both protagonists, if I may use that word, have a certain captivating obsession that drives them to be the best at what they do. It is that pursuit, not the completion of a goal that is the real story in either movie. Personally, I'd say the sushi movie is better but than I'm not actually much of an adrenaline junkie. I can easily see how others could rate them the other way around. In any even, "Free Solo" is well worth checking out.

Jul 03, 2019

Amazing dare devil athletic feat and film footage from the national geographic film crew. If you are awed when entering Yosemite Valley as El. Capiton into view, take out the binoculars and check out the near verticle wall for climbers. During the free solo (last 20 minutes,) a unicorn was awaken as Alex passed by on a ledge! Off the chart fearless campers.

Jul 01, 2019

Powerful documentary; I loved the MRI aspect being woven in...I'm off to furiously google to see what he's up to now.

ArapahoeChristineS Jun 27, 2019

This film documenting the lead up to and success of a free solo climb up El Capitan was utterly mind blowing and incredibly stressful to watch, even though I knew the outcome. Honnold isn't the most likable person, and I can't comprehend his death defying drive, but I admire his accomplishments and enjoyed watching as he grappled with achieving his goal.

Jun 10, 2019

John Swanson recommended this. He saw it on the airplane up here in June for donovan's graduation

Jun 06, 2019

Like, Like, Like Like this Like that , Like Like Ugh. Did not like, too self absorbed

Jun 06, 2019

Count how many times he says "like".

May 29, 2019



Wow! what a climber without ropes or pitons! Without a serious injury, with over a thousand climbs, Alex Honnold is without a doubt the world's most quintessential, free solo climber!


PG, 13

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