Free Solo is a 2018 American documentary film directed by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin that profiles rock climber Alex Honnold on his quest to perform a free solo climb of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park in June 2017.
The film opens as the camera pans El Capitan in Yosemite National Park and climber Alex Honnold free-soloing it in May 2017. The film then flashbacks to Spring 2016, when Alex is living in his van and starting his preparation to free solo El Capitan. In one of his first steps, he meets with friend and fellow climber Tommy Caldwell to climb the Freerider route up El Capitan with equipment.
|award||Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature|
|director||Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi Jimmy Chin|
|keywords||climb create el capitan ethical dilemma film free solo national park phone call spring talking to the camera upbringing wife and child|
|nomination||Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature|
|producer||Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi Evan Hayes Jimmy Chin Shannon Dill|
|productionCompany||Little Monster Films Itinerant Media Parkes+MacDonald Image Nation National Geographic Documentary Films|
|publisher||National Geographic Partners|