What if He Falls? The Terrifying Reality Behind Filming “Free Solo” | Op-Docs

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In 2017, when Alex Honnold made his stunning free-solo ascent of Yosemite’s El Capitan, he was taking an unimaginable risk: nearly three thousand feet of climbing without any ropes or safety equipment. But was the climb made even riskier by the filmmakers who accompanied him?In “What if He Falls?” filmmakers Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin take us inside the process of documenting Honnold’s quest for climbing glory — and the ethical calculus of filming a friend who could, with the slip of a finger, plummet to his death.Subscribe: ----------Whether it's reporting on conflicts abroad and political divisions at home, or covering the latest style trends and scientific developments, New York Times video journalists provide a revealing and unforgettable view of the world. It's all the news that's fit to watch.



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1k subs with no vids?
And Im sitting here on my couch, eating cheetos.
4Kandlez
If he falls someone has to tell his family they are scraping him up off the floor.
Ali Hassan
I respect the camera crew for their effort and understanding boundaries.
Anchor Bait
June 3rd 2017 was the day I got clean. It's also my birthday. It's really surreal knowing that on that day we both undertook our most terrifying and difficult journey of our lives. So Thankful we both made it to the top. Cheers Alex
Arne Dopudja
But... why?
BURBON
- Yo dude, wanna go die?\n- Ya sure bro
Ben
This is one of the greatest athletic accomplishments of all time
Birds Rule
Why he climbing a macOS background?
BlizzardPeak
i free climbed once. a 10 foot wall tho.
Bonnie Hundley
Camera crew deserves some serious applause, please.
Brick
r/sweatypalms
Candy Mercer
Honnold has become a hero to me. I have really been moved and am using his lessons in anxiety control in my daily life. He is living a pure life and is a role model for this 55 year disabled chronic pain patient. Thank you Alex!
Christian Holmlund
Watch the documentary, \
Coziest Bulb
I saw the film in imax and I met the directors.
Cranjis McBasketball
When I want an adrenaline rush, I stand on a swivel chair and change a lightbulb.
CreativeNick
You either climb all the way up and feel good about yourself or you die .\n\n*That's a win-win situation right there.*
Critical Vids
my palms just fell off
D Adams
Everyone has a bad day. This guy won't live much longer continuing to pull the Russian Roulette trigger.
Dan Stephens
Something tells me he would make American Ninja Warrior look like a child’s game if he were on the show.
Daniel Castañon
Absolute madlad.
DashFlash- The Life
And I can’t even climb a staircase without tripping
David Maddux
Plot twist. That's not a rock. He's actually climbing his own nut sack.
David McC
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Del
I used to do things like this. I was very athletic and was a well known climber. I could free climb anything. I have really let myself go tho. At fifty I am so out of shape and would be lucky if I could climb a 12 foot snowbank now. I miss the old me. Ugh.
Dex Rez
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Douglas Proce
A man has to be at peace with life to free climb El Cap. You can't be anything but 100% aware of each handhold and step, no room for anything else mentally.
EPOCH
This is so stressful
Eliroque
The new Legend of Zelda looks awesome!
Enes Guler
Just use leightweight u won't get fall damage 😂
Ergo G
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Evgeny Klein
One of the best horror movies of 2018.
Felisberto Paiva
This is what we called \
Fred Sausage
What if his nose starts itching?
Frederick P.
My adrenaline rush is to climb on my bed.
Free Wheels
What if he falls ? \n\n\n\n\n\nHe dies \n*LOGIC* *LV* *100*
G J
The next mission: This man is going to climb his own balls.
Gino Fernandez
Sad to say its just a matter of time before he slips one time and that's it. He really has a death wish and is a harm to himself. People that r close to him should not let him do this or maybe just let him live his life and accept what is an inevitably.
Grizzly Echols
Tragic to say, but it's only a matter of time till he crashes and buns. It happened to Bachar and most of the other great free soloists.
Hamish Mclaggan
if he climbs at night you will notice sparks as the granit rock face collides with his granite balls
HazelSparks
This guy should compete in Ninja warrior.
Heidi Murphy
It’s a long fall
Hemi Power
What a selfish unloving act to do, what about family and close friends that have to deal grief and anguish if one dies just because of being addicted to the adrenaline rush.
Hit Me
and there are young people who take selfie from the edge of the clips
Holyfox
This is an achievement I have the utmost respect of. \nI don’t have respect for people who let Sherpas carry their stuff (risking their lives)on the Everest, just to brag about it later in their Law Firm or on a N.Y. rooftop bar.
Jack Hillman
'The Dawn Wall' is also an impressive, worthwhile documentry about 2 climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson who climbed El Capitan
James Mowery
I'm surprised he managed that climb with those massive balls of his weighing him down
JenAng Brooklyn
Alex is the true embodiment of ZEN. Also, this gave me agita.
Joseph Gallaнorn Sr.
Thx, my balls are a lot smaller now.
Joshua Samson
I guess you can say that his level of physical fitness is, (puts glasses on)\n\nAt it's peak.
Kasfoh
This scared god out of me\n\nEDIT: My palms are literally pouring
Katie F
I’ve been watching Alex for a few years now and I’m so happy he’s finally getting so much recognition outside of the climbing world. It’s truly remarkable what he can do
Kriegerdammerung
They are so modern they say \
Looky2ooky
I am literally sweating rn
Luigi Mario
One Question what is the point of doing this, any answers anyone?
Mateo Mckee
link irl
MboySwag04
Just turn off fall damage when he climbs......
McFarland
A \
Megan McGrath
My favorite quote from the film: imagine you’re an athlete going to the olympics. If you don’t get gold, you die. That’s the intensity of what Alex did here.
Mizane Zooft
The more danger the more deadly the more you feels alive!
MrDerpy17YT
love the comments
Natalie Gilbert
I love how the filmmakers put the ethics of the situation at the forefront in the making of this documentary. I particularly liked that they never asked him when he would climb El Capitan, but simply observed his journey in accomplishing such a gargantuan goal.
Nathan Dellia
Who else got the shivers watching this? 😂
Nathan Koihlo
Anxiety has entered the chat
Nick Cruton
Darwin Award goes to.... This is literally Russian roulette... He’s just gambling with his life... He’s basically just waiting to make a mistake and fall because if he keeps doing free climbs he will eventually fall and make a mistake...
Nicosarea
This is the true result of No Nut November.. achieving superhuman balls like Alex Honnold
Oshan Wijeratne
Even if I could climb as good as him, if a spider rolled out between the rocks id fall to my death.\n\nEdit: thanks for all the likes:). Also in an interview, he said occasionally a mouse or a bird will just come out of nowhere when he puts his hand in a crack😰\n\n1k cheers for the likes!!!
Peteng 13
I’m surprised he can climb dragging his huge balls all the way up there.
PizzaHorder
Animals: Risk their life to get water where predators are likely to exists and worry every day about getting hunted.\nHumans:
Prima Murdock
Whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!?
RAYA BETTS
How dose he get back down?
Russ Tanner
It's just a matter of time before he falls.
Sadiq Khan
OMG 😨😨😨 😨,,,
StevenToast
Words fail me
Sugar Show
What if He falls?\n--Just another day in the Hospital.
SyncXer
**Camera was off**
The ledgend 27
That's just dumb, like I actually don't see the point. Why would you even do it. If he dies it's fully his fault
Toke Nyholm
“His palms are sweaty, knees weak arms are heavy”
Tomas Robison
There are so many subtle things in the climb and filming the act that is just boggling. The number of hard moves on the route is insane, thousands, and the focus to do each one perfect is so so hard. Good climbers make it look easy, which the camera doesn't capture. All climbers tied in or not are just in awe at the feat of this solo. Alex is from another planet .The presence of a camera is big deal common now, but not long ago just that would give a solo climbers the jitters. It changes the whole experience. I could never climb in front of the camera back in the day. But I do want to share a little about unroped climbing. When soloing and one is in flow, it is hard to describe the satisfaction. A deep connection with the world. Now how do he/she/we take that into the everyday world?
Tommy Tukamoto
I'm surprised the balls on this man don't pull him down...
Twister Mister
It’s UN-ethical IMO to not film him. Sure, he could fall and die, but then people can know exactly why, and if he makes it, we have the proof and scale of his accomplishment.
Vult
If he \
Zaerdna
Balls 100000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000
Zenish Khumujam
Forearms of cosmic spiderman.
denerlilla
He looks like Josh Dun
ehmp
These three people have such a high feeling of self-importance, as if they did something really important for the community, for society in general, for the world...
hellsohot x
Watching him made my balls shrunk.
hopS
is it just me or does the Asian guy look like markiplier
jackcarterog001
The view at 4:25 made my butt tingle
jj ball
You have to be mentally insane to do this. Seriously Insane!
la chika
hola saludos aqui nueva en su jardin 👍🌷
marcjtdc
HE WILL DIE. ITS ONLY A MATTER OF TIME.
maria m
But why would u have the desire to climb a giant mountain and maybe almost die
mood
The fact that his friends had to go far away from him, because they knew he could die is just the most terrfying part of the video.
paintballgod33
He probably could have done it in a faster time if his balls weren't weighing him down.
sergio medina
Oh yeah yeah
spamuel
my balls got tight so many times during this video
yaNNi EU
imagen his mother watching 😂
yokehuatgoh
it's so stupid. congratulations! -- that's how i feel about it.
αδριανουπολιτης κωστας
Take an obrela is so dificult for you