Climber is first to scale Yosemite's El Capitan without a rope

  • Climber is first to scale Yosemite's El Capitan without a rope

Climber is first to scale Yosemite's El Capitan without a rope

Mind-blowing achievement at "El Capitan": Extreme climber Alex Honnold is the first person in the world to conquer one of the most hard climbing routes "free solo".

But while Honnold is best known for his renowned mountaineering stunts, we're spotlighting the rock climber for a different reason: his diet. Around 6 a.m., after driving 12 hours through the night from Arizona, my climbing partner and I exited the Wawona Tunnel where we were greeted with the mecca of rock climbing at the exact moment the sun crested over the Valley's south ridge and shone bright on El Capitan. (And I guess they used drones?) You can see some more photos via NatGeo now.

"Free solo" is climber-speak for no ropes, no safety gear.

By conquering El Capitan, Honnold fulfilled a goal he had worked toward for years.

Alpinist Magazine described the unroped climb as "indisputably the greatest free solo of all time".

Honnold, who became famous after his harrowing feats were profiled in National Geographic, Outside and on 60 Minutes, had trained in secrecy across the world for more than a year.

Alex Honnold has added another gravity-defying accomplishment to his list of historic climbs. "I mean I've dreamt about this since 2009, and this is the first year I've actually felt ready", Honnold admitted to NPR.

There are other climbers in Honnold's league physically, but no one else has matched his mental ability to control fear.

The crux of one pitch, he said, is "like this no-hands, foot traverse thing, where you're just like, shuffling across a blank wall". "Said I've got to go", Honnold's uncle said.

Alex Honnold was celebrated all over the world.

With that said, my palms are still sweaty just thinking about it.

Honnold responded, "Honestly, I think this is the most satisfied I've ever been". In just under four hours, he cruised the route Freerider (5.12d) on the Southwest Face of El Cap.