What if He Falls? The Terrifying Reality Behind Filming “Free Solo” | Op-Docs

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In 2017, when Alex Honnold made his stunning free-solo ascent of Yosemite’s El Capitan, he was taking an unimaginable risk: nearly three thousand feet of climbing without any ropes or safety equipment. But was the climb made even riskier by the filmmakers who accompanied him?

In “What if He Falls?” filmmakers Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin take us inside the process of documenting Honnold’s quest for climbing glory — and the ethical calculus of filming a friend who could, with the slip of a finger, plummet to his death.

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This is one of the greatest athletic accomplishments of all time

Author — Ben

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When I did my free solo unfortunately I slipped and fell straight down into my bed.

Author — ZionHillCalling

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My hands were sweating so hard watching this

Author — TyBishops

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Alex after the greatest free solo climb in human history: yay

Author — Talon User

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One of the best horror movies of 2018.

Author — Evgeny Klein

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His hands, this guy could probably choke out a water buffalo.

Author — jvega419

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Eminem: His palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are hea..


Alex Honnold: dude.. shut up.

Author — feiner schmecker

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I bet Alex Honnold can sneeze with his eyes open.

Author — MrTangerillo

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But can he free solo the playground slide?

Author — Charley Hibschweiler

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The way the film is made makes it appear that the filmmaking was harder than the actual climb

Author — salvei sage

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5:53 HES LITERALLY CLIMBING WITH NO HANDS LIKE WHAT

Author — Annie McQuesten

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My favorite quote from the film: imagine you’re an athlete going to the olympics. If you don’t get gold, you die. That’s the intensity of what Alex did here.

Author — Megan McGrath

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The real feat here is how he managed to haul those massive honking balls he's got

Author — Purpleblop

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The physical aspect of free climbing is amazing but I can understand how, the mental aspect is something I cannot fathom. I would be afraid of my fear.

Author — Long Days Pleasant Nights

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What's amazing to me is that it only took him under 4 HOURS!!!

Author — WaitingToFade

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Its funny how he asked if the guy in the harness was ok...lol...

Author — Dillynod

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Plot twist: they forgot to start filming

Author — Luke Baxter

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This film was tense enough to watch post accomplishment. Just imagine watching every moment live as your buddy clings to a vertical rock 3000+ ft off the ground

Author — lee imrie

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Have dry feet and hands? Watch this video 100% effective.

Author — TrinkXi

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At 3:17 I actually became a water bender. Shooting water out of my palms.

Author — Ghrosted