National Geographic’s upcoming feature film documents the first-ever free solo climb of Yosemite National Park’s vertical rock formation El Capitan.
Produced by Itinerant Media and Parkes/MacDonald Productions, Solo (w/t) follows professional rock climber Alex Honnold’s ascent of the 3,000-foot vertical rock which took nearly four hours to complete. The documentary follows the free soloist as he preps and then achieves his lifelong dream to climb El Captain — without a rope or partner.
From the Great Arch of the Getu Valley in China to the High Atlas Mountains in Taghia, Morocco, to Yosemite Valley, viewers will see the physical and psychological preparation required by Honnold to attempt this climb.
The film examines the thousands of calculations Honnold must make in order to be successful, including the placement of each finger and toe on dime-sized rock edges, thousands of feet up a rock wall.
National Geographic photographer and world-class climber Jimmy Chin and award-winning documentary filmmaker E. Chai Vasarhelyi filmed Honnold’s journey.
Solo is scheduled to premiere in theatres followed by a global broadcast on National Geographic channels.
Solo is produced by Itinerant Media and Parkes/MacDonald Productions for National Geographic Channels. For Itinerant Media producers are Chin and Vasarhelyi. For Parkes/MacDonald producers are Evan Hayes, Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald and Shannon Dill. For National Geographic, Tim Pastore is president, Original Programming and Production and Matt Renner is executive producer.