“60 Minutes” 14 cameras captured Alex Honnold’s free-solo ascent up Sentinel Rock in Yosemite National Park. Alex climbs a 1,600 foot straight rock face that often tilts at a greater than 90 degree angle. He appears calm and confident without the assistance of a life-saving rope. This hour and a half journey shows him using single digit hand holds along tiny crevices in the rock.
“How does he do it?” I wonder. Others think he’s insane. They predict a tragic demise for this 26 year old from Sacremento, California. But as long as he continues to climb rocks taller than the Empire State Building without a rope and harness, I remain mesmerized.