Last nights episode of CBS’s “60 Minutes” featured a 26-year-old rock climber from the Sacramento area named Alex Honnold, and what they showed him doing was nothing short of amazing. Honnold is considered by many to be the best free-soloing rock climber in the world. Free-soloing means you go up the rock face with no ropes, all by yourself. Recently, Honnold was featured in a movie called “Alone on the Wall”, where he scaled the northwest face of Yosemite’s Half Dome in this style, one wrong step away from certain death should he slip all fall down the 2,000 foot shear wall.
It must be seen to be believed, and while watching it Honnold makes it look so easy that you almost forget exactly what it is that he’s attempting. Shoving his large fingers into tiny cracks in the rock face, Honnold pulls himself up, one step at a time, without any safety equipment. When interviewed by correspondent Lara Logan, Honnold comes off as humble and polite. No wonder he’s earned the nickname “No Big Deal” by his friends.
But it is a big deal, by every sense of the word. Mistakes are not allowed in this sport. There is no room for error when you’re thousands of feet in the air. And once you start, there’s only one way to go finish: up. No second guessing yourself, you have to be absolutely aware of you limitations and what you’re capable of.
Sacramento could only be so lucky if its residents learned something from the example Honnold provides.
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