Nat Geo to air live skyscraper climb this fall

Due to air globally this fall, the two-hour live event Live Climb with Alex Honnold will follow the 27-year-old free climbing star as he attempts to scale one of the world's tallest buildings.
July 24, 2013

National Geographic Channel (NGC) will follow-up Felix Baumgartner’s live space dive with a live event featuring free climber Alex Honnold.

Due to air globally this fall, the two-hour special Live Climb with Alex Honnold will follow the 27-year-old climbing star as he attempts to scale one of the world’s tallest buildings.

“When Alex brought us this incredible idea, it struck at the very heart of what a National Geographic global television event should be,” said network president Howard T. Owens in a statement. “Alex is the world’s premiere free-climber, and we are excited to celebrate his adventurous spirit as he tackles his next challenge.”

A team of expert vertical cameramen will hang in position at various points on the side of the building to film the ascent. For safety reasons, the building will remain confidential until closer to the climb.

The cable network will fill out the telecast with pre-recorded segments and interviews about Honnold’s life and climbing feats, as well as the brain science behind his ability to remain calm while climbing without a rope.

The special will be produced by Sender Films, a Boulder, Colorado-based producer that specializes in rock climbing and adventure films.

Named ‘Adventurer of the Year’ by Nat Geo in 2010, Honnold is best known for solo climbing Mt. Watkins, the Half Dome and El Capitan rock formations in Yosemite National Park.

“I’ve always loved climbing in all forms and this is an amazing opportunity to push my own climbing into interesting new terrain,” he said in a statement. “I’ve admired the aesthetics of skyscrapers my whole life; it’s great to be able to climb one.”

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