LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Alex Honnold lives life dangerously.
One of an elite group of “free solo” rock climbers, he scales sheer vertical cliffs thousands of feet high, alone and without a rope.
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Now his death-defying ascent in 2017 of the towering El Capitan granite rock formation in California’s Yosemite National Park is taking him to the Oscars, where a film about his feat will compete for the movie world’s highest honor.
“Free Solo,” nominated for best documentary, is an intimate look at Honnold’s experience of preparing for and climbing the 3,000 foot high (900 meter) wall, where a tiny slip of a foot or misplacement of a finger could send him plummeting to his death.
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The extreme danger of the ascent and the constant prospect of death terrifies those around Honnold in the film, but it gives the climber an equanimity he finds liberating.
“What’s so satisfying about free soloing is having that feeling of focus and not being self-conscious, losing that sense of self, just being fully present in what I’m actually doing, just doing the moves,” the 33 year-old told Reuters.
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