January 18, 2014

Going Solo

Photograph by Jimmy Chin, National Geographic

Determined to finish a new route, superclimber Alex Honnold dangles from an overhang on Oman's Musandam Peninsula. After pushing as far as possible on the rock, a deepwater solo climber simply lets go.

See more pictures from the January 2014 feature story “Impossible Rock.”


Click through a gallery of Instagram photos from the expedition »
Watch a video of a "splash landing" »

70 comments
tedi widjaja
tedi widjaja

nature conqueror 

or 

try to conquer nature

Shannon T
Shannon T

All I can think is how much his finers must be hurting at that point. After getting over that thought it's a spectacular photograph.

Sandra Hickman
Sandra Hickman

Amazing, stunning, is just two words that come to my mind looking at this photo. The mountains in the background gives such depth to the photo as well as the "what seems to be crazy antics" by the climber captured at the right moment.

Jude Wills
Jude Wills

i find it very difficult to breathe looking at this foto...

Monica K.
Monica K.

The muscles in the human body are magical.  It looks like Honnold is using every one.

Richard King
Richard King

好像是虎口拔牙,勇往直前。用光美妙。学习了。

Chris Coombs
Chris Coombs

My next bucket list item. Any one want to come along?

Lawrence Sibley
Lawrence Sibley

This is an impressive image, both for the exotic landscape and the daring climbing skills being demonstrated, but I have a reservation about it, which is that it is staged for dramatic effect.  That aspect of it reminds me of, for instance, the scene in the Tom Cruise movie Ghost Protocol of him rappelling on the glass walls of the Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai.


The footgear that Alex Honnold is wearing is interesting. The toes of the shoes look like the abdomen of a wasp. 

Jia Chen
Jia Chen

Good see works from Jimmy Chin

Isabel Correia
Isabel Correia

Great shot. The details of the rock are perfect and very clear. The man, with all his muscles on detail too, makes this foto a very good one. And the calm that we can see on water, makes the contrast on the foto. Very beatiful foto and well taken. I'm suprise with the fotos that I have seen here. I work on a travel agency and I never expect to see so wonders in these last days. I know and I suggest to the others, voyages to severals places arond the world but I never expect to see that exists "another" world. I'm glad to be a part in here!

Janice H.
Janice H.

Wow, Wow, Wow, looks like every muscle is employed to keep hanging on!       What a photograph.     Love the details of the rock and the smoothness of the water below.

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

One can see the the leg,arm, and torso muscle power being used in this amazing rock climb, to say nothing of the awesome camera shot. Was it a 'let go'? Seems so,but we dont really know. Fantastic.  j.e.s. 

Alfred T.
Alfred T.

Well, there's always water below ...

Barth Massey
Barth Massey

That's a sure way to get to heaven…FAST!

Jorge Pérez
Jorge Pérez

Wowww !! Gives me the creeps .. Fantastic shot !!

Sandra Hickman
Sandra Hickman

haa.. sure anyday. I'm for being dared to do anything.

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