Into climbing without ropes? While we can’t insure it, we are impressed.
While we do not in any way encourage or endorse climbing without ropes or proper safety (in fact, it would void just about any medical insurance policy we know of), this rope-less climb last year by Alex Honnold of the 1,750-foot El Sendero Luminoso (The Shining Path) in Mexico, is about the most difficult, most crazy we’ve ever seen. He also completed a traverse of the Fitzroy Massif in five days (See it here) with Tommy Caldwell — Who recently made world news by free climbing the Dawn Wall. Read more about that climb here.
Alex Honnold free solos El Sendero Luminoso in about three hours:
AdventureSportsInsurance.com has rockclimbing coverage for those traveling overseas or to the USA to climb (for non-U.S. residents). However free-soloing or free solo climbing is not covered under our current carriers’ plans. Free climbing is different in that ropes are used, but only to catch a falling climber, not take weight off the climber’s hands or holds.
Alex talks about his climb and sport here: http://adventureblog.nationalgeographic.com/2014/02/18/alex-honnold-on-free-soloing-mexicos-2500-foot-el-sendero-luminoso/
The true free solo was all alone with no photographers or helicopters. He then went back and filmed the movie on big portions of it.
Honnold’s free solo ascent of the Yosemite Triple took him just under 19 hours (Mt. Watkins, El Cap, and Half Dome) in Yosemite Valley, California. It was also the subject of a movie, Reel Rock 7. (The ascent of Half Dome’s 2,224-foot (678 m) Regular Northwest Face, normally takes multiple days.)
Here’s Alex talking about Yosemite:
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