Recent rock climber Alex Honnold and successfully conquered Yosemite’s erect high mountain El Capitan without any protective gear. He also became the first person in the world to do this.
On June 3, 2017, climbing legend Alex Honnold successfully conquered El Capitan’s steep high cliff of Yosemite National Park in California, USA. The 31-year-old man climbed the cliff to 900m high during 3 hours 56 minutes with his bare hands without using any assistive tools.
Previously, Honnold had a major impact on the world with a free climb Half Dome in Yosemite and El Sendero Luminoso limestone cliff in El Potrero Chico, Mexico. His most recent achievement requires skill, toughness and special mental concentration.
Tommy Caldwell, who practiced with Honnold, shared: “There are very few people with special abilities, and Honnold has done that.” It is known that Honnold has dreamed of conquering empty hands for many years. Every year, he finds his dream difficult to implement. Until two years ago, American professional climbers were determined from the beginning.
Without protective gear, climbing is more difficult than ever. The most important thing Honnold has to do is keep his temper, forget his fear. He carefully searched for a proper grip and moved up step by step. Only a second of negligence, the climber will lose his life immediately.
In 2016, Jane Joseph, a neuroscientist and professors at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, once had Honnold’s brain survey for Nautilus magazine. Joseph brought Honnold through the MRI scanner to see how his brain reacted to fear stimuli. This is a survey for psychologists to assess thrill seekers who want to pursue thrilling or dangerous experiences.
Researchers say that most people face fear, disturbance or excitement, the brain reacts. But Honnold’s brain was not like that. This model’s brain activity model belongs to very special people. “Before the stimuli, Honnold’s brain response was low, indicating a group of people who like dangerous, extreme experiences,” the conclusion said.