If you haven’t watched it yet, this year’s Academy Award winning documentary “Free Solo” is a great film with a weird love story you might find interesting.
You see, free climber Alex Honnold is a man who is obsessed with his goal of climbing El Capitain, a 3,200 foot high rock wall in Yosemite Park.
And that’s free climbing, i.e. climbing without ropes or supports.
But he’s also in a relationship.
And sometimes, being in a relationship can be a drag on your ambition.
Like when Alex’s girlfriend accidentally drops him and breaks his spine.
And while Alex’s goal and his relationship are far from ordinary, the problem of balancing his ambition with his relationship is something that many men face. Even the world’s best climber.
In the final twenty minutes of the movie, Alex climbs the sheer rock face of El Capitain with nothing but his bare hands.
The climb requires three hours and forty minutes of rock climbing moves made perfectly in sequence – a feat that he spent over 10 years preparing for.
It’s a miracle of perfectionism and a testament to what humans are capable of.
But what’s even more inspiring is that Alex Honnold managed to achieve it while holding down a weird but apparently healthy relationship.
Anyways, if you like my blog, you’ll probably love Free Solo, so consider this my official recommendation of the film.
And if you’re climbing your own version of El Capitain, and you don’t want your lady troubles to cause you to slip and fall, just click the link below.