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The Inertia

If you’re any sort of climber worth your salt (and maybe even if you’re not), you’ve likely seen “Free Solo” multiple times. In case you haven’t heard, it documents Alex Honnold’s historic 4-hour ropeless ascent of El Capitan. One contributor called it the “most compelling rock climbing documentary of all time.”

The film has garnered much critical acclaim, not least of which because it dives deeply into the headspace of a man willing to put his life on the line to achieve one of the greatest sporting feats in human history.

Compared to Alex Honnold’s historic free solos outdoors, the indoor climbing scene is a super safe, plastic version that some might argue steals outdoor climbing’s soul.


But as this parody explains hilariously, indoor climbing comes with its own risks including “fecal veneer” on holds. The short even got a re-tweet from big man Alex Honnold himself.

“I found this remarkably funny,” tweeted Honnold. “It might just be because I’ve seen the Free Solo trailer far too many times, but I think it’s pretty clever either way. Nice work to whoever made it (and good luck on your v7 gym proj!).”


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