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The Inertia

On social media last week, actor-musician Jared Leto revealed that he nearly bought the farm while climbing with Alex Honnold outside of Las Vegas at a famous winter climbing spot known as Red Rock. Leto, who has done a lot of climbing in recent years and generally enjoys being in the mountains – he produced a documentary series called The Great Wide Open, which celebrated America’s National Parks – apparently took a pretty big whipper where he nearly frayed his rope.

“Not to sound dramatic, but this is the day I nearly died,” he wrote on social media. “Took a pretty good fall climbing with @AlexHonnold. Looked up and within seconds the rope was being cut by the rock while I dangled some 600 ft in the air. I remember looking down at the ground below.”

Leto was able to get back to firm footing before, we assume, he was able to replace the rope he was working with. After the incident, Leto continued climbing with his partner but as you can tell from the video below, the incident scared the hell out of him. “We made it through and lived to see another day,” he said. “Overall, it was actually quite fun. We continued climbing into the night.” If you’re gonna climb big walls, you’re gonna take big falls. Fortunately, this one worked out in the actor’s favor.

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