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Video: Vanity Fair Explores the Making of Free Solo

From the get-go, directors Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin knew that creating a film about Alex Honnold’s remarkable El Capitan free solo climb was going to be riddled with challenges. First off, in order to even capture the film Free Solo, they needed an elite team of climbers who also possessed exceptional cinematography skills. Those needs alone narrowed their pool to a select group of individuals.

RELATED: How Did Jimmy Chin Stay Fit Filming Free Solo?

But beyond carrying heavy equipment and thousands of feet rope, the whole team shouldered the looming fear of a worst case scenario: what if Alex was unsuccessful? Chai Vasarhelyi and Chin sat down with Vanity Fair to share some of the forethought and planning that went into the groundbreaking film, which set a new level for documentary filmmaking.

OMG this is so dangerous , it gave me goosebumps watching this, i am seriously shocked by the courage you have. hatsoff.

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Adventure Athletes Scrutinized for Damaging Precious Lands
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The outdoors are not always a blank canvas. As much as we'd like to creatively paint lines or set routes on whatever we fancy, in some cases we simply shouldn't. A few different adventure athletes learned this the hard way after inappropriately using protected and sensitive areas of land for recreation and content creation.  The controversy begins in Hawaii, where a group of skiers and snowboarders—Victor De Le Rue, Markus Eder, and unnamed additonal skier—rode down the dry slopes of the

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Video: Why is Cory Richards Trying a New Everest Route?
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The newest episode in ROAM's series "The Line" examines the pivotal moments in Cory Richards' life and career that are driving him to attempt a new route up Mt. Everest. The episode takes a hard-nosed look at Cory's struggles with mental health and substance abuse - and how those experiences drive him to push limits. Related: How Cory RIchards Battled Depression at the Top of the World With Everest-climbing season getting into swing, we're excited to follow Cory's journey up the world's