Solo climber is first up El Capitan without ropes

Solo climber is first up El Capitan without ropes

SAN FRANCISCO >> Alex Honnold had dreamed about climbing the mighty El Capitan in Yosemite National Park without any safety gear for eight years. But every time he looked up the massive granite wall, he found it too daunting.

That was the case until this weekend, when the elite rock climber reached the summit in about four hours using only his hands and feet.