Alex Honnold is an amazing athlete. One narrator says he is like the Michael Jordan in the sport of free solo rock climbing: no rope, no gear, just rock shoes and a chalk bag. “It is profound and the ultimate. One wrong move…you fall, you die.” Most people climb the 2000 feet of Half Dome in Yosemite in a day or two. Alex does it in less than three hours.

Alex climbs without any gear

Check out the shorter video above. For more background in the 13-minute segment on 60 Minutes, watch here. He lives in a van, drives from mountain to mountain, and exists on about $12,000 a year.

Usually fearless, but he froze at this point for a few minutes