Film Review: FREE SOLO (USA 2018) ***1/2

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Follow Alex Honnold as he becomes the first person to ever free solo climb Yosemite’s 3,000ft high El Capitan Wall. With no ropes or safety gear, he completed arguably the greatest feat in rock climbing history.

FREE SOLO is the new documentary by Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin who wowed audiences years back with the other mountain climbing 2015 doc MERU that chronicled the first ascent of the “Shark’s Fin” route on Meru Peak in the Indian Himalayas.  Chin is himself a mountain climber who has climbed with the subject, Alex Honnold. Chin is also a close friend of Alex.

To appreciate FREE SOLO the documentary, one must understand the sport of free soloing.  

Free solo climbing, also known as Soloing, is a form of free climbing and solo climbing where the…

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