How I climbed a 3,000-foot vertical cliff — without ropes | Alex Honnold

TED1 apríla, 2022

Visit to get our entire library of TED Talks, transcripts, translations, personalized talk recommendations and more.

Imagine being by yourself in the dead center of a 3,000-foot vertical cliff — without a rope to catch you if you fall. For professional rock climber Alex Honnold, this dizzying scene marked the culmination of a decade-long dream. In a hair-raising talk, he tells the story of how he summited Yosemite’s El Capitan, completing one of the most dangerous free solo climbs ever.

The TED Talks channel features the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design — plus science, business, global issues, the arts and more. You’re welcome to link to or embed these videos, forward them to others and share these ideas with people you know.

Follow TED on Twitter:
Like TED on Facebook:
Subscribe to our channel:

TED’s videos may be used for non-commercial purposes under a Creative Commons License, Attribution–Non Commercial–No Derivatives (or the CC BY – NC – ND 4.0 International) and in accordance with our TED Talks Usage Policy ( For more information on using TED for commercial purposes (e.g. employee learning, in a film or online course), please submit a Media Request at



(35) comments

  • I cannot begin to fathom what he achieved. Imagine assembling and practicing thousands of moves with precision to prevent yourself from going free fall and dying. Yet, it seems as though he struggles to speak in public. Why? Perhaps because he has had 1,000 times more practice free soloing than with public speaking. How much of climbing is creative, rehearsed, instinctive, and responsive – just like public speaking? I cannot think of any human endeavour that equals this feat – not even travelling in a rocket to the moon.

  • medalla dorada para Alex ¡!

  • ALEX IS GOD 🧗‍♂️🧗‍♂️🧗‍♂️💪💪💪😎😎😎👍👍👍

  • Alme Zamorra1. apríla 2022Odpovedať

    My greatest achievement in free soloing is climbing to the top of a double-deck bed.

  • MARK ABELLAR1. apríla 2022Odpovedať

    thats my grandfathers route when going to school

  • I see Simon sinek chilling in the crowd

  • sweaty palms

  • Lordy, just listening to him talk about his climb, my hands get sweaty. Pretty incredible achievement.

  • When Alex reached the top of that climb, he not only achieved the greatest achievement of physical ability, he achieved the deepest form of making a thought a reality- in believing in yourself, trust yourself, letting go but being fully in the moment. He was Free

    ( He believed he could achieve that accomplishment and he did achieve it. He showed himself he was right, internally, he knew he could do it and he made that a reality, externally. That must be the most internally beautiful thing a person could ever perceive. He free solo climbed that cliff but in the end it Freed his mind, because he believed he knew that the entire time, he proved it through physical expression, but at the end it was the greatest expression of what the human mind is capable of. The Mental capabilities, and internal mazes he had to master in order to achieve something like this is something very rarely seen. He's really got to go down in history as one of the most sound minded and grounded human beings to of ever lived. And that's ironic given the fact that what he did was the complete opposite of grounded and sound minded lol ain't life funny? 😆)

  • here this dude climbing a 3000 foot vertical wall without a rope while i cant even climb out of my bed when my alarm goes of

  • The worlds most complex puzzle 🧩

  • This guy is literally Breath of the Wild Link except with infinite stamina

  • It is funny how much various media outlets hyped up the danger of what he was doing. Yet he was so prepared it wasn't a nerve-wracking experience for him. NYtimes video is like "the terrifying reality" of his climb, but was it really terrifying if it didn't terrify him? Impressive human being.

  • I did the solos, that's why I'm here obviously.
    Everyone laughs at that?
    Feels very wrong to laugh at this thing

  • Tim Dunk1. apríla 2022Odpovedať

    Truly inspiring! Banish all doubt, and anything is possible.

  • That's why the Romans used to say: Amat Victoria Curam ( Victory favors the prepared ).

  • Han5yBoy1. apríla 2022Odpovedať

    W person W speech

  • Inspiring experience 👍

  • Kiwi Viking1. apríla 2022Odpovedať

    'Hiking barefoot; that's so hardcore'. Brilliant!

  • You guys actually like to watch that?
    I feel seek just from watching. Not for millions of dollares would I've been part of his team the day he did it.
    That said, he's one of the greatest achievers alive. (after Putin)

  • Grey guy.1. apríla 2022Odpovedať

    Seen him doing talks a few times and spoke to him.
    Great guy really humble and he doesn't believe he is special or a great climber at all.

  • Davus1. apríla 2022Odpovedať

    dang, just like how my dad went to school

  • Willing to leave your family in pain and traumatized for the rest of their lives when (not if) you fall is not impressive. It’s selfish, egotistical, and narcissistic. How about you have the family of lost solo climbers come talk.

  • He’s prepared failed and did it again until he was satisfied. It’s good that he’s focused on making him self happy with his own goals not what other people think would be cool

  • I don’t wanna hear another person say they can’t do something they want anymore.

  • Jacob Horton1. apríla 2022Odpovedať

    I think climbing that cliff is an insane achievement, but free soloing of any kind just seems insane ? I'm an open minded dude, and i understand its a battle of wits, but it seems foolish to me and of little point, someone please explain i would be interested to know

  • poppyhimbo1. apríla 2022Odpovedať

    someone takes a leak off the side not knowing he's below

  • Greatest athletic achievement,It’s not even close,If you have been there at El Captain you know it’s 3 Empire State Building’s.Climbing half dome was hard,Most climber’s won’t even try it. Mind boggling what he did, no rope

  • Real life Spiderman

  • I wonder why he would want to risk his life , the amount of times he slipped with a rope just training was unreal so to do without rope is unbelievable, I hope he doesn’t take a risk too far.

  • Pad Foot1. apríla 2022Odpovedať

    Dude climbed out his moms vagina and kept on climbing 😂

  • Ideal Father1. apríla 2022Odpovedať

    Imagine being his parents.

  • Martin1. apríla 2022Odpovedať

    alex the most amazing athlete on the planet, this mans balls are bigger than the planet we are on.

  • MMG 9ORRI1. apríla 2022Odpovedať

    That’s like a V0 at my gym bro

  • Kevin Powers1. apríla 2022Odpovedať

    Why is there more film of him talking about his climbs than there is film of him doing the climbs? Put them in a box set and release them. El Cap, Half Dome, and the climbs in Utah and Mexico.

Leave a comment

Name *
Add a display name
Email *
Your email address will not be published

najnovšie trendy módneho oblečenia, obuvi