ALEX, I EXPECTED YOUR HANDS TO BE LIKE ROCK FORMATIONS THEMSELVES. BUT YOU HAVE KIND OF NORMAL HANDS, RIGHT? I MEAN, NOW THAT I SEE THEM THEY’RE A LITTLE BEEFY. THEY’RE MUSCULAR. BUT IT IS — I MEAN, YOUR LIFE DEPENDS ON THE STRENGTH IN YOUR HANDS.>>TO SOME EXTENT, YEAH. SOMETIMES.>>Jimmy: WHEN YOU’RE CLIMBING. I MEAN, I GUESS NOT WHEN YOU’RE SLEEPING OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT. [ LAUGHTER ]>>YEAH. NO, THEY’RE JUST NORMAL.>>Jimmy: IT IS REALLY — IT IS A MIRACLE THAT YOU ARE — IT’S A MIRACLE THAT YOU AND 50 CENT ARE ALIVE. IT REALLY IS. [ LAUGHTER ] SO TELL ME EXACTLY — EXPLAIN EXACTLY WHAT’S DIFFERENT ABOUT THE WAY YOU CLIMBED THIS ROCK WALL.>>WELL, SO WHAT I DID WAS CLIMBING IT WITHOUT A ROPE OR WITHOUT GEAR. SO I WAS JUST BY MYSELF IN JUST MY SHOES AND MY CHALK BAG AND I CLIMBED UP THE ROCK WALL.>>Jimmy: THE CHALK WALL KEEPS YOUR HANDS DRY?>>YEAH, IT’S JUST LIKE A GYMNAST TO DRY YOUR HANDS SO YOUR GRIP STAYS GOOD.>>Jimmy: ARE YOU FEARFUL WHEN YOU’RE ON THE WALL, WHEN YOU GET UP 3,000 FEET, SOMETHING LIKE THAT?>>WELL, I PROBABLY WOULD BE IF I HADN’T PREPARED FOR IT. WITH CLIMBING EL CAPITAN IT WAS SOMETHING I’D BEEN DREAMING ABOUT FOR YEARS AND I SPENT PROBABLY A FULL YEAR IN PREPARATION.>>Jimmy: HOW DO YOU PREPARE? YOU GO TO THE REI STORE AND YOU CLIMB UP THE — >>EXACTLY. YOU BUY A LITTLE STARTER KIT AND FIGURE IT OUT. NO, I MEAN, SO THE BIGGEST PART FOR ME OF THE PREPARATION WAS THE VISUALIZATION, THE PSYCHOLOGICAL SIDE, LIKE IMAGINING THAT IT WAS POSSIBLE. AND THAT TOOK LIKE YEARS TO SORT OF WRAP MY HEAD AROUND THE IDEA.>>Jimmy: IT DID.>>EVERY TIME YOU DRIVE TO YOSEMITE YOU SEE THE WALL, YOU’RE LIKE THAT’S A BIG WALL.>>Jimmy: HAS ANYONE ELSE TRIED TO CLIMB THAT WALL?>>NO.>>Jimmy: IN THAT WAY. I MEAN, PEOPLE HAVE TRIED IT I ASSUME — >>GENERALLY WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE WALL YOU’RE FILLED WITH FEAR. YOU’RE LIKE OH, MY GOD, THAT’S CRAZY.>>Jimmy: YEAH, I KNOW I AM. [ LAUGHTER ]>>HAVE YOU BEEN THERE?>>Jimmy: WHAT’S THAT?>>HAVE YOU BEEN THERE? HAVE YOU SEEN THE WALL?>>Jimmy: I HAVE BEEN THERE AND I’VE SEEN THE WALLS. IT NEVER OCCURRED TO ME TO CLIMB ONE OF THEM. THERE YOU ARE IN THE CREVICE. DO YOU LOOK FOR A CREVICE IN GENERAL?>>YEAH. SO THAT’S THE BIG PART OF THE PREFRPGS IS SPENDING TIME REHEARSING THE ROUTE, MEMORIZING THE MOVES AND MAKING SURE THE CONDITIONS ARE GOOD AND GETTING READY.>>Jimmy: WHAT DO YOU MEAN REHEARSING THE ROUTE? IT LOOKS LIKE YOU’RE JUST GOING UP. [ LAUGHTER ]>>YEAH. BUT SO IT LOOKS LIKE I’M JUST CLIMBING, BUT EACH MOVEMENT OF MY HANDS AND FEET IS SUPER WELL THOUGHT OUT, VERY CONTROLLED, VERY PRECISE. I MEAN, IN THIS PARTICULAR CLIP, LIKE EVERY MOVEMENT OF MY HANDS HAS BEEN CHOREOGRAPHED BASICALLY. I’M LIKE EXECUTING A ROUTINE. I COULD ACTUALLY TALK YOU THROUGH ALL THE MOVES ON THAT PARTICULAR SECTION OF WALL.>>Jimmy: YOU REMEMBER EVERYTHING.>>YEAH.>>Jimmy: ALMOST LEEK A RACE CAR DRIVER AND — >>YEAH. MEMORIZING THE TURNS. FOR SURE.>>Jimmy: WHEN YOU’RE ON THAT WALL AND — HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO CLIMB — DID IT TAKE YOU?>>SO CLIMBING EL CAP TOOK ALMOST FOUR HOURS.>>Jimmy: FOUR HOURS. SO WHEN YOU’RE ON THAT WALL AND YOU’RE CLIMBING, DO YOU EVER THINK ABOUT FALLING?>>I THINK A LOT ABOUT FALLING AHEAD OF TIME. REALLY. I MEAN, THAT’S A BIG PART OF VISUALIZING IS WHETHER OR NOT YOU’RE READY TO GO UP AND TAKE ON THAT KIND OF CHALLENGE. YOU HAVE TO SORT OF THINK THROUGH THE WHOLE CONSEQUENCES. BUT ONCE I DECIDE THAT I’M READY THEN I’M 100% COMMITTED TO IT AND I JUST GO UP TO IT.>>Jimmy: BEFORE YOU DO IT DO YOU WRITE LIKE A NOTE TO YOUR MOM OR ANYTHING?>>NO. THAT SEEMS OVERLY DRAMATIC.>>Jimmy: IT DOES?>>YEAH. [ LAUGHTER ] I MEAN, A LITTLE BIT.>>Jimmy: IT DOESN’T TO ME. IT REALLY DOESN’T. BUT HAVE YOU EVER RUN INTO LIKE A MOUNTAIN LION OR ANYTHING WHEN YOU’RE DOING SOMETHING LIKE THIS?>>NOT MANY MOUNTAIN LIONS CLIMB QUITE THAT WELL. [ LAUGHTER ] BUT NO, YOU RUN INTO MICE AND A LOT OF BIRDS. IT’S NOT UNCOMMON TO PUT YOUR HAND INTO A CRACK AND HAVE A BIRD RUN DOWN YOUR ARM.>>Jimmy: YOU HAVE TO BE READY FOR THAT AND PREPARED FOR THE BIRD OR THE MOUSE.>>YEAH, MICE TOO, HONESTLY. THEY RUN AROUND IN THE CRACKS AND STUFF. I’VE SPENT TONS OF TIME ON THAT WALL WITH A ROPE ON. SO YOU SORT OF GET USED TO ALL THE THE VARIOUS THINGS THAT MIGHT HAPPEN.>>Jimmy: I ASSUME YOU LOVE CLIMBING, RIGHT? I ASSUME YOU LOVE IT.>>I DO LOVE CLIMBING.>>Jimmy: WHY NOT HAVE THE ROPE? BECAUSE YOU COULD STILL GET THAT SAME CLIMBING EFFECT — >>SO THAT’S A FAIR QUESTION. I DO HAVE A ROPE PROBABLY 95% OF THE TIME. BUT THEN EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE YOU HAVE THAT SORT OF PEAK EXPERIENCE WHERE YOU CHOOSE NOT TO USE THE ROPE.>>Jimmy: SO YOU GET SOME KIND OF SATISFACTION OR IS IT A THRILL OR WHAT IS IT EXACTLY?>>IT’S KIND OF LIKE THE DEEP SATISFACTION OF TAKING ON A VERY BIG CHALLENGE AND THEN SORT OF MAKING IT HAPPEN. I MEAN, I THINK OF IT AS LIKE THE SUPER BOWL OF MY CLIMBING OR SOMETHING. CLIMBING IS SUCH AN INDIVIDUAL SPORT. YOU JUST KIND OF DO YOUR OWN THING. THERE’S NO — THERE ISN’T MUCH COMPETITION. COMPETITION’S ALL INDOORS. WHEN I’M DOING IT ON BIG MOUNTAINS IT’S A WHOLE SEPARATE WORLD. YOU SORT OF HAVE TO CHOOSE YOUR OWN CHALLENGES AND PUSH YOURSELF WHATEVER WAY YOU WANT TO. I’M INSPIRED BY THESE BIG WALLS AND I’M INSPIRED BY DOING THEM BY MYSELF.>>Jimmy: THERE WAS AN ARTICLE WRITTEN ABOUT YOU I THINK IN THE “NEW YORK TIMES.” TELL ME IF I HAVE THIS RIGHT. BUT AT SOME POINT DURING THE INTERVIEW YOU JUST CLIMBED IN THE MIDDLE OF THESE TWO BUILDINGS.>>YEAH. THAT’S TRUE.>>Jimmy: WERE YOU WEARING YOUR CLIMBING SHOES OR WERE YOU JUST IN REGULAR SHOES?>>SOMETHING LIKE THAT YOU PROBABLY DO IN REGULAR SHOES BECAUSE IT’S JUST COUNTERPRESSURE WITH — >>Jimmy: WELL, I COULDN’T BUT — [ LAUGHTER ]>>NO, I THINK YOU COULD. I THINK YOU HAVE STRONG LEGS. YOU CAN PUSH HARD.>>Jimmy: WERE YOU ARRESTED FOR THIS OR — >>I THINK SECURITY MAY HAVE BEEN CALLED LATER. THE THING ABOUT IT IS YOU GO UP, YOU COME DOWN QUICKLY AND YOU LEAVE AND JUST NEVER REALLY KNOW IF ANYONE SHOWS UP.>>Jimmy: WHEN DID YOU START DOING THIS? LIKE AT WHAT AGE DID YOU JUST START CLIMBING THINGS?>>THAT KIND OF CLIMBING IN PARTICULAR CLIMBING ON BUILDINGS AND PLAYING ON STRUCTURES, I MEAN, I DID THAT SINCE I WAS A LITTLE KID. YOU KNOW, STARTING ON MY HOUSE PROBABLY. BUT THEN I STARTED CLIMBING INDOORS IN A GYM WHEN I WAS 10 OR 11 AND I’VE BEEN CLIMBING 20 YEARS SINCE THEN.>>Jimmy: AND YOUR MOM WAS OKAY WITH YOU CLIMBING ALL OVER EVERYTHING?>>YOU KNOW, SHE COULDN’T STOP ME THAT WELL.>>Jimmy: I KEEP THINKING OF HER BECAUSE MY KIDS — I WAS ON A TRIP ONCE IN WYOMING AND MY KIDS WANTED TO PARASAIL AND THEY WERE LIKE COME ON. AND I WAS LIKE YOU CAN’T PARASAIL. THEY’RE LIKE IT’S SAFE. AND I WAS LIKE IT’S SAFE FOR YOU BUT WHEN YOU LAND I’M GOING TO BE DEAD OF A HEART ATTACK.>>MY MOM HAS A MEMORY OF SAYING YOU CAN’T GO ON THE ROOF. I CLIMBED ON THE FENCE, GOT ON THE ROOF AND JUMPED BACK. AND WE WERE LIKE WE CLIMBED ON THE ROOF. AND SHE WAS LIKE OKAY, IF YOU’RE ON THE ROOF GO AHEAD AND CLEAN THE GUTTERS. SO FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE I’VE BEEN DOING ALL THE LEGWORK.>>Jimmy: LIKE MOMMY’S LITTLE MONKEY. [ LAUGHTER ] HOW THE HELL DID YOU NOT GET PART OF SPIDER-MAN? IT’S UNBELIEVABLE. I WOULD BE SO ANGRY. [ APPLAUSE ] IT’S UNBELIEVABLE. SO NAT GEO IS DOING A DOCUMENTARY AND THEY’RE GOING TO SHOW THE WHOLE JOURNEY OF YOU CLIMBING THE EL CAPITAN.>>YEAH. THAT’S CORRECT. WE’VE BEEN FILMING A DOCUMENTARY FOR THE LAST YEAR WITH MY NORTH FACE TEAMMATE JIMMY CHAN. HE’S BEEN SHOOTING THE FILM. AND THE TWO OF US HAVE BASICALLY JUST SPENT A YEAR DOCUMENTING THE PROCESS TO GET READY FOR THIS AND THEN TO ACTUALLY CLIMB THE WALL.>>Jimmy: I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE THAT.>>I CAN’T WAIT EITHER. I HAVEN’T REALLY SEEN ANY OF THE MATERIAL YET BECAUSE THEY’RE VERY STRICT ABOUT THE DOCUMENTARY. I DON’T KNOW.>>Jimmy: IS THERE ANYTHING LEFT TO CLIMB AFTER YOU CLIMBED EL CAPITAN? IS THERE ANYTHING BIGGER THAN THAT?>>NOT — I MEAN, THERE ARE TECHNICALLY SOME BIGGER WALLS IN THE WORLD BUT THEY’RE IN VERY REMOTE PLACES LIKE GREENLAND OR PAKISTAN, A FAR-FLUNG EXPEDITION. TO ME THERE’S NOTHING MORE INSPIRING THAN EL CAPITAN. THAT’S BEEN MY DREAM MY WHOLE LIFE.>>Jimmy: YOU’RE AN AMAZING PERSON. AND YOU WILL BE

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Dennis Veasley

100 thoughts on “Rock Climber Alex Honnold on Free Soloing El Capitan”

  1. Hard to watch. I wish this couldve been more informative and intuitive for the audience and the world as a whole. This is by far one of the greatest achievements a human has ever completed. I get that this show is about comedy and satire, just a little disrespectful and shameful for him to be treated as the same as any other guest on his show…. definitely not in any way shape or form comparable to 50cent….

  2. What Alex did, no man has ever done or even dreamed of actually doing what he did. This is so far off the charts it is incomprehensible. Tremendous athlete and humility. The interviewer is not worthy to even have his name mentioned next to Alex's. The focus, preparation and intensity of this feat completely blows my mind.

  3. Alex: I spent a whole year preparing myself for this climb. Memorizing each movement I make.

    Jimmy: WhY DoNt YoU JuST Use A ROPe???? DiD YoU MEet anY MoUntain LionS??? AHURHURHURHUR!

  4. No idiot in Hollywood could ever comprehend the level of greatness of this young man. That's why Kimmel came off as an arrogant puke. Not that he isnt.

  5. Jimmy kimmel is just a political driven far left dooshbag. If you stick to comedy people would like you. Leave politics out of it. You’re not fuckin funny anyway. He didn’t get into politics here,and that’s surprising because he ALWAYS BRINGS IN LEFTIST POLITICS

  6. Jimmy can't have a real conversation, he keeps on making fun with the man who couldn't care less unlike actors and posers. What a disgrace.

  7. Imagine a slight gust of wind that blows a bit of the chalk inside the chalk bag to his nose which will make him sneeze therefore falling.

  8. Wow… as if one needed an additional reason to despise Kimmel.. sitting down with true and humble greatness you show your ass and low intellect, well done Kimmel.

  9. Alex is actually trying to have an intelligent conversation…. which obviously doesn't work here… let the boy finish his statement for once. He's trying to answer your previous question and you cut him off, how rude. Jimmy wants the spotlight.

  10. One of the most amazing human beings to have ever lived in this planet, interviewed by a clown trying to keep up with his comedic act. Sometimes, you just need to be able to accept that the person you're interviewing, is no joke. But I don't blame you, Jimmy, since the normal person would have a mountain to climb just trying to understand his feat.

  11. The problem here is that Jimmy Kimmel and other normal people (like in the audience) can’t even conceive of being this dedicated to anything.

  12. The most stupid interview ever. Jimmy thinks he has the same caliber as this legend talking like a clown making fun of him smh

  13. Kimmel’s interview sucked because people like him realize they are just talentless shallow fame grabbers when they are in the presence of true talent and skill.

  14. Seriously jim, wtf? I bet you wouldn’t give any other guest such a condescending and inconsiderate interview to someone who is far more interesting and more talented than half of your guests! Smh

  15. Kimmel isn't even a funny comedian, all his stuff is pre-written by writers. What a pathetic clown getting to interview an extraordinary athlete and human.

  16. Jimmy’s willful ignorance is on full display here. Being more interested in your audience than the guest is the sign of a genuinely TERRIBLE interviewer. At least Alex got some publicity. Jimmy…up your game man.

  17. Ugh. I normally enjoy Jimmy K. But while I was watching this, I started to get uncomfortable, and then more uncomfortable and couldn’t really identify why, just hit pause then started to read the comments then realized I share the sentiments of everyone commenting here. In one interview suddenly I am turned off by JK. How embarrassing, and disrespectful he was.

  18. Classic example of 2 totally different people attempting to talk about something 1 did, and the other cannot fathom, understand, or will ever do.

  19. presentator does his job, that is making fun of the people that came there. I guess Alex knew that before to participate, right?

  20. What a horrible interview, to one of the best free style climbers in the world…Same on Jimmy:(. ( no Jimmy this guest is not the one to make jokes of )…little bit of respect.

  21. God. I hate when celebrity interviewers interview actual impressive people like Alex Honnold and act like complete idiots. Alex is one of the most talented athletes to ever walk on this planet don’t treat him like Miley Cyrus.

  22. jimmy doesn't let the climber finish his talk, he always talks and didn't let a person finish his words. Such a disrespected, this legend shouldn't go to this interview.

  23. I don’t understand how dudes like Fallon or kimmel get their own tv shows. They’re awkward and lousy. They could bring in a bum off the streets and the bum would do a better job.

  24. Hey if it makes this guy happy to risk his life like this sure, go ahead. Personally, I don't see any purpose behind this action.What did climbing this mountain solo achieve?What benefit did it bring(besides a scary movie).

  25. Jeez Jimmy. All you had to do was watch his Ted talk or read a bit about this climb on line. What a terrible interview. He obviously did not prepare for this interview. He has no clue what prep and hard work Alex put in to this climb. Poor Alex having to answer 5 year old type questions.

  26. Alex Honnold is not only a great athlete he is also a great human being. Unlike Jimmy Kimmel who is a moron.

  27. after such interviews u know that these hosts are dumb as fck..only to fit for interviewing 0 IQ celebs….hehehehehehehe

  28. Having Alex Honnold do something for the next big Spiderman-Movie would not be such a bad idea or at least ask for his advice how to do some awesome climbing scenes… 😉

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