I don’t think I’ve ever posted specifically about @chaivasarhelyi and all the incredible work she put into crafting Free Solo. Chai technically co-directed the film with @jimmy_chin - but everyone knows how much time Jimmy likes to spend skiing... Chai’s the powerhouse who actually did the hard work of crafting the film. @freesolofilm is still in theaters all over the country (just got a text from a laggard aunt of mine who’s just getting around to seeing it). Still time to appreciate Chai’s hard work.
It’s your last chance to win a day of climbing with me in Yosemite! Climb, hike, or just picnic in El Cap meadow - your choice. And most importantly, it supports the @honnoldfoundation. I know I’ve posted this several times already - don’t worry this is actually the last day. And it’s raised more money for the foundation than I’ve ever been able to give directly. So thanks for the support. Enter through my bio link or: omaze.com/yosemite
It’s been a whirlwind weekend with @freesolofilm - we attended the Critics Choice Awards in NYC (and won 3!). Though the highlight for me was probably chatting with @billnye (he’s a climber! Who knew?!). And on Sunday we attended a screening in LA that included a chat with @thetimmcgraw about his song Gravity which closes the film. Unsurprisingly, he was incredibly articulate and well spoken about the emotion that he was trying to convey with the song. I also really enjoyed meeting the makers of the documentary Science Fair. I just had the pleasure of watching the film and it was so, so inspiring. Made me wish I’d finished my education.... I’d strongly recommend it to anyone looking for a movie. So great. All in all it was a very inspiring weekend.
In the spirit of Veterans Day it seems appropriate to share this video of 5 blind veterans kayaking down the Grand Canyon. (I have to add, the idea of running huge rapids blind seems really scary.) This is a trailer - the full 5 minute film is linked in bio. I found it surprisingly moving. It’s a good reminder of the healing power of the outdoors.
I’ve had an amazing weekend at the inaugural @outwild.co festival. It’s been a great break from film touring to spend a weekend in beautiful mountains with such caring and engaged people. One of the big themes of Outwild has been focusing on values and using them to lead a more intentional life - it’s been a good reminder for me to just post about the things that I truly care about. I guess the weekend has helped me tap back into some of my idealism. Along those lines - take advantage of a beautiful Sunday to go early vote (unless you’ve already voted by mail). Elections matter - help govern. (We voted last week in NV, my first time doing so physically after a decade of voting by mail in CA. Pretty exciting.)
I wanted to post something scary for Halloween - this was the best I could find on my phone. The opening move of the Boulder Problem on Freerider - courtesy of the remote cameras for @freesolofilm. Free Solo is still showing in hundreds of theaters across the country. It should open in Europe sometime in the next month or so. UK in December I think. It’s been a pretty wild ride so far. I hope everyone’s enjoying a lovely Halloween!
I got to go climbing with Dory Trimble yesterday - she’s been the executive director of the @honnoldfoundation for the last year. She’s done an amazing job of scaling up the Foundation’s impact while insulating me from much of the hard work (which allows me to climb more :) ) @rockandicemag recently ran a feature article about the genesis of the Honnold Foundation and the work that we’ve supported over the years. It was a real pleasure to talk about a different aspect of my life and what it means to me. Read the full story at the link in bio: Pic: @shawn_corrigan
The perch below the Boulder Problem - the last place to chalk up before doing the hardest 12 moves of the route. This was probably the most intense position on all of El Cap, not that I remember it that way since I just chalked up and climbed. This was taken by the remote cameras filming @freesolofilm - there weren’t any camera men there because it seemed like too much for all involved. For those that haven’t see it yet, Free Solo expands to 400 theaters around the country this weekend which is it’s widest reach yet. For those in Europe and the rest of the world: have patience, it’s rolling out over the next few months. And it will eventually show on the @natgeochannel and then be online in some way. Sorry I don’t have more details, I honestly don’t know what the whole plan is. I’ve tried to focus on the climbing and let the rest of the team work on the rest... @chaivasarhelyi@jimmy_chin@natgeo@cheynelempe
Pretty excited to see this year’s Reel Rock film tour - 4 films, including my expedition to Antarctica with @thenorthface last year. But most importantly there’s video of @adam.ondra climbing 5.15 first try which seems totally outrageous. Check out: Reelrocktour.com for tickets and showtimes. @reelrock premiers Nov 1st and has 500+ showing around the world - get psyched! Such a wealth of climbing media this year.