Alex Honnold Rappels Into a Ravine | Running Wild With Bear Grylls

Alex Honnold Rappels Into a Ravine | Running Wild With Bear Grylls


[music playing] This is, like, pretty legit. That’s, like, a long ways. I’m pretty pleased
you’re saying that. I’m definitely feeling it. I mean, this is
300 feet at least. Ultimately we want to
get down into the gorge. Let’s rappel off the bridge? Yeah that’s a great idea. [music playing] This is, like, pretty legit. Ultimately we want to
get down into the gorge. Free solo climber
Alex Honnold and I are high up in the Swiss
Alps, trying to get to the bottom of this ravine. Let’s rappel off the bridge. That’s a great idea. All right, can we
try and do from here? Are you sure? Do we have this much rope? Yeah. We’re going to need this. We’re going to need the
extra length and also the emergency length as well. [music playing] So what we’re going to
do, counterbalanced repel. You go one side, I go the other. As long as we go at the same
time it’s going to work. Right and as long as we
have twice as much rope. This is a technique that
the special forces use a lot because it’s fast and
it doesn’t actually require anything to anchor to. But we’re going to need all
of our rope and the spare rope to reach the bottom of this one. This will be about a 300
foot counterbalanced repel. And by using the same rope,
Alex and I will attempt to descend simultaneously. But if one of us puts
weight on the rope without the counterweight
of the other person, Alex or I could plummet to
the bottom of this ravine. So we’ve got to make sure
we go at the same time and maintain the same
speed during our descent. The thing is, what
I do know is there’s going to be a lot of
friction still on these bits. And that is the sort of
stuff that can cut rope. So I do want to do
something that protects us. Any spare socks? I mean, I guess you
could use my socks. Grab them, there’s
some of in the bag. You got any spare ones? Yeah, for tonight. There’s a lot of abrasion
on these wires, little bits of metal sticking up. They’re just the sort of thing
that would cut through rope really easily, especially if
we start bouncing on this thing as we’re descending. So I reckon if we put
over the top of that. That is a very
improvised rope protector. I think it’s good. It’s going to run through that. OK, this is the most bomb
repel of my entire life. This is totally amazing. OK, here we go. This feels suspiciously
like jumping out of the plane. Like, here we go. OK, so we’ve got to
go at the same time. Yep. All right so,
maybe not too much at the same time so don’t
wreck each other’s [bleep].. You ready? 3, 2, 1, see you. [music playing] Should we stay a
little bit apart? Yeah, like this is good. [music playing] So bouncy. Yeah, that’s why I put
the rope protection in here. [music playing] OK, we’ll get a bit
middle speed now. OK. Whoo, see, most
of the time I have to go super slow with guests. This is great. [music playing] That was a fricking
amazing repel. Yeah. That’s awesome. It’s a long ways. That’s a pleasure. That’s a lovely
repel, it’s super fun. I think the socks add
some nice padding. That’s how you do it.

100 thoughts on “Alex Honnold Rappels Into a Ravine | Running Wild With Bear Grylls

  1. That feel when they fix the lines w/ figure eights, and then act like they are doing a real simul. See the edit from 2:48 – 2:53 LOL.

  2. Probably a walk in the park for Alex Honnold. That's some extreme descent though. I'd be glad if I made it across even.

  3. They are not actually using mentioned counterbalanced rappel, what a shame. Just the regular figure 8 knots ( 3:00 )

  4. what a lunatic. Alex was doing his best to hold his tongue. Alex probably has lifetimes more experience rappelling, and knew the double rappel was the dumbest and most wasteful move, not to mention having to sacrifice a sock.

  5. Him: Doctor what's the prognosis?

    Doc: Adrenaline…… junky

    Him: How do I cure it?

    Doc: Go do life threatening things and release it ofcourse

    Proceeds to walk do a cliff with a bottom filled with rocks then slide down ropes towards the rocks to possible death

    Him: Survived

    Doc: You didn't do it right then.

  6. RIP Honnold.

    There's NO way Cedar (Wright) will not ridicule him to death for this one.

    Freal though. RIP Gobright on an actual simul-rappel.

  7. Bear Grylls is a great survival expert of all time. He had gone on every place of this planet 🌏.
    Who is watching in night 🌃.

  8. Why is almost everything they say fake? It's cool enough to just do a reppel. Why not just show how they actually did it. Maybe even educate why they did it the way they really did it instead of faking. Even the sock part was fake. You can clearly see actual rope protectors on the final shot as they kick each other.

  9. Wee-ooo wee-000, this is the climbing safety police and you’re both under arrest for not using a prusik or autoblock.

  10. Not a very safe rappel.not do it .i would not do it.💀could die…rappeling is one of the most dangerous forms in climbing .

  11. This is not an actual simul rappel. They have the anchor points tied off. This is two dudes rappelling at the same time. Bear Grylls why do you have corrupt my idol. At least the honnold foundation gets some big bucks out of this.

  12. I would only simul rappel if there was a situation where time became absolutely critical (storm rolling in, broken bones or any injury that swells). For general climbing the simulrappel is just too risky and the only reason to do it is because it’s quicker.

  13. Surprised they were able to rapell so gently with the weight of their massive balls dragging them towards the Earth.

  14. That’s just nonsense.. did anyone see a knot connecting ropes. They rappelled on secured double ropes that someone will need to retrieve, the main reason for balanced simultaneous

  15. Kind of eerie that Alex repelled this way since his good friend Brad Gobright passed doing this same type of repelling.

  16. Actually, the sock isn't the best idea- though it seems clever at first glance. In that scenario it might be slightly better than no sock, but far from ideal. Think about it, with a combined weight around 400lbs. (w/gear), the rope would press through a thin layer of cotton or whatever synthetic material his socks might be, and still easily catch on any wires that might be sticking out (his main concern). Also, cotton and most types of socks is made up of hundreds of threads. They can not only cut, but also build up and trap damaging heat- similar to how you would use friction to make a campfire. Nylon ropes are known to melt when exposed to high hear and lose strength. The one factor that makes it less of a concern in this case is that the rope was mainly static- but even still, carry a smooth aluminum or smooth plastic guide that is up for the task- it was a long way down! It would have been better to simply attach to the lower (thicker cables) and to use redundant (2) carabiners. You can never be too safe.

  17. This video is so full of BS. Who are they trying to fool? Please delete this video before some newbies are actually trying to believe this and even worse, trying to actually do what they are talking about.

  18. Loved this. The whole episode felt like Bear huffing and puffing, trying to sell the intensity, followed by Alex strolling by calmly eating an apple and looking not the faintest bit stressed, other than the skydive in, which definitely got to him for once.

  19. I think this is the first time Bear found somebody more fearless than himself. That was supposed to freak Honnold out and he smiled like a kid in a McDonald's ballpit.

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