Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Courageous or crazy?

A Cup of Jo recently posted this outrageous documentary clip feauturing a group of French guys “skylining.” Blogger Joanna Goddard describes skylining as “a new European sport that combines tightrope walking, slacklining and base jumping.” Basically it’s insane. Or is it? At least these guys have parachutes. 

Meet American “free solo” climber Alex Honnold. Honnold scales the world’s tallest mountain walls without ropes, harnesses or any safety gear whatsoever. With just his hands and feet he ascends incredibly steep rock faces, in record-breaking times. Just for fun. (He has said there are “many reasons” for free solo-ing, one being that it’s “cool.”) Honnold is quirky, accomplished and, to me,  incomprehensible. But, to each his own...


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