Alex Honnold, a celebrated 31-year-old rock climber, on Saturday became the first person to scale Yosemite's El Capitan, a almost 3,000-foot granite wall, without using ropes or other safety gear, according to National Geographic. National Geographic first reported the achievement. He did not use any equipment, and he climbed alone.
Over the years, Honnold had spoken about attempting a free-solo of El Capitan, but even he considered the climb next-level.
Additionally, the climb was filmed for an upcoming National Geographic Documentary Films feature, which was led by Jimmy Chin, one of Honnold's longtime climbing partners, and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi.
We connected with Alex Honnold for a quick interview on his goals for climbing this year.
Rock climber Alex Honnold completes a 3,000-foot rope-free climb of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park on June 3, 2017.
"It's like walking up glass", Honnold told National Geographic, which documented the feat on Saturday with plans to turn it into a film.
Honnold is also the only known person to have climbed the Yosemite Triple crown - three of the park's most famous peaks - without a rope. National Geographic reports he spent the night sleeping in his van before rising "dressed in his favorite red t-shirt and cutoff nylon trousers, and eaten his standard breakfast of oats, flax, chia seeds, and blueberries". This ascent marks the pinnacle so far of Honnold's breathtaking CV, and is undoubtedly one of the most significant ascents in the history of the sport.
The Shining Path climb, as its known, reaches 2,500 feet at its highest point and is widely recognized as one of the most hard climbs in the world.
Honnold used only his bare hands and the sticky rubber on his climbing shoes to ascend the thousands of feet of vertical stone.
We tracked down Pete Whittaker, who rope-soloed Freerider last November for a comment on Honnold's ascent and all we could get out of him was: "Holy shit sticks!".
Honnold flew to fame within the climbing world in 2008, with his solo of Moonlight Buttress in Zion.
-See the full report on National Geographic.