National Geographic deep-water soloing in Omani waters


This week’s video features climber Alex Honnold’s deep-water soloing. Photo - Supplied

Muscat: The National Geographic has featured deep-water soloing in Oman this week in a video series called Zero to 60.

Zero to 60 is a roughly 60-second cut of cinematic adventure video made by National Geographic magazine in partnership with Camp 4 Collective, which features the best action videos of adventure athletes in the wildest places on earth.

This week's video features climber Alex Honnold's deep-water soloing, a form of solo rock climbing, practised on sea cliffs at high tide that relies solely upon the presence of water at the base of a climb to protect against injury from falls along the generally very difficult routes in Musandam, Oman.

Alex's deep-water soloing is the subject of a feature story in the upcoming January issue of National Geographic magazine. Alex, the American rock climber who is best known for his free solo ascents of big walls, has broken a number of speed records.

About the deep water soloing in Oman, Alex says, "the climbing action was unique just because of the landscape — it was quite a rugged set of limestone mountains just falling into the ocean. The rock quality wasn't the best, but the formations were beautiful."

The other videos featured in the Zero to 60 series are snowboarder Ryan Hudson on drums and kayaker Ben Marr on a river in Quebec, Chris Peterson riding the Lochsa River in central Idaho and Kayaker Tyler Bradt on the Alseseca River in Mexico.

In 2014, this athlete is planning pretty fun climbing trips for the spring. He is planning to go to Patagonia for the first time and on another bike adventure with Cedar. "Basically, it should be another fun year of adventures. We'll see," the athlete adds.

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