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. Alex: Are you sure? Do we have enough rope?' << Translation: 'Dangerous idea and we don't have enough rope'
    Bear: 'yeah it's fine' << Translation: 'We'll tie-off really not counter balance, and we'll go get more rope'

  2. This lame video is full of lies. It's not a counterbalance rappel. Socks for a rope protector? I've always known Bear Grylls was a phoney, but I thought National Geographic would be more credible than this.

  3. Total BS. They claim it is a counterbalance rappel, but you can see the knot at the top, so they are not counterbalanced and their rope is not retrievable. You can also see canvas rope protection under the socks, so that is BS as well. Another reason why people don't trust Bear Grylls and realize his shows are entertainment and there is no real knowledge to be gained.

  4. Alex Honnold finds himself high up in the Swiss Alps, though the climber is not new to extreme heights. What are your thoughts on his adventure with Bear Grylls?

  5. What a joke. 4 stabilization points and duble rope. Every Granny could do this in such way😁😉

  6. Bear: Let's do this scary thing!
    Normal celebrity on this show: I don't know, are you sure it's safe?
    .
    This guy: Hey what if we rappelled off of this already scary bridge we're on?
    Bear: … Alrighty then.

  7. Jesus… no stopper when the rope is thrown over for the fake simul-rap(1:16), no prusik(3:21), only 1 locker used while walking across the bridge(0:21), they DID use rope protectors(3:35), they actually did NOT simul-rap(3:03), only had the rope through1 locker while setting up the fake simul-rap(1:25)… I KNOW it’s for tv and a complete dramatization, but so soon after Brad Gobrights death in a simul-rap accident, I’d have expected more then edgy shots and a (fun, pleasant looking but still not a simulrap) rappel.

  8. I declare shenanigans. That rappel was not as advertised and is far from the danger level hyped. Alex is in more danger from choking on his morning eggs than from this rappel.

  9. This was just awkward, non of this is standard climbing repel procedure and Alex was definitely annoyed about "his socks for tonight" 😂

  10. BS 02:51 02:57 03:07

    That was BS and here's why: The ropes are individually isolated and more than that they both are abseiling on double ropes with 2 individual anchor points so in reality they are abseiling using 2 "Individual" ropes.
    It would not have mattered if they abseiled at the same time or not.
    Integrity guys come on!

  11. Hey national geographic can y'all make a dinosaur documentary like walking with dinosaurs but with REALISTIC dinosaurs

  12. Quote from one of the UK's top mountaineers, Andy Kirkpatrick upon seeing this.." The fact I doubt a counterbalance rappel has ever been used by any 'special forces' on the planet is one thing, and it got one of Alex's best friends killed late last year is another, but the demonstration/promotion of it like this is probably even worse.

    It's all great fun until someone kills themselves emulating a hero (Alex if you're a climber or Bear if you're an idiot).

    Yes 'it's just TV', but I really feel this is overstepping the mark, and the safety team should hang their heads in shame, especially as many of them are mountain guides (I guess $$$$$ always trumps good judgement). "

    I think I'd go with Andy's judgement over a TV entertainer myself!

  13. I really like the free rope in the carabiner transforming into a double alpine butterfly in two different carabiner. Anyway I now know how to properly use a pair of socks 😂

  14. Seems a stupid technique to promote as it is very dangerous and unnecessary (as it saves minimal time).
    So dangerous that in fact they didn't do it, the rope was fixed at the top so not a counterbalanced abseil.
    National Geographic should carefully consider the aims and potential consequences of this video.
    Some very experience climbers have died using this technique.

  15. To quote Andy Kirkpatrick ( mountaineer, author, motivational speaker and monologist. Best known as a big wall climber, having scaled Yosemite's El Capitan 30+ times, including five solo ascents, and two one day ascents, as well as climbing in Patagonia, Alaska, Antarctica and the Alps, so he knows what he's talking about):

    QUOTE
    Typical, you give Bear Grylls a break in your podcast and what does he do, only goes and promotes one of the most stupid and dangerous rappel techniques out there, one with a track record of killing people (which I also covered in another podcast). True to form, Bear being Bear, he not only bigs up this technique, complete with graphics and warning about death, but actually doesn't carry out the technique at all (the ropes were tied off), which just adds another layer of confusion and nonsense that could kill some fool daft enough to try it.

    The fact I doubt a counterbalance rappel has ever been used by any 'special forces' on the planet is one thing, and it got one of Alex's best friends killed late last year is another, but the demonstration/promotion of it like this is probably even worse.

    It's all great fun until someone kills themselves emulating a hero (Alex if you're a climber or Bear if you're an idiot).

    Yes 'it's just TV', but I really feel this is overstepping the mark, and the safety team should hang their heads in shame, especially as many of them are mountain guides (I guess $$$$$ always trumps good judgement).

    UNQUOTE

    Grylls I can understand, but why Alex Honnold would lend his name to something like this, I have no idea!

  16. I like how they went from simul rapelling to having 2 overhand knots tied before the anchor . . . . Like the camera cut and Alex was like, no freakin way w you Bear G

  17. This is disgraceful, dangerous, dishonest and misleading! So many issues!

    1. Firstly why abseil/rappel from the middle of a via ferrata bridge? Would have made more sense to go from the side of the canyon (especially if your rope isn't long enough – they would have then had the option to find/make another anchor to split the decent into lengths appropriate for their rope)

    2. He said they were tying 3 ropes together. This would create a situation where they would have to pass knots on the abseil/rappel which is a more technical skill and involves more equipment (and knowledge of what to do with it) and practice. He clearly lied about this for pointless dramatisation.

    3. If someone who didn't know he was lying tried this and got a knot stuck in their belay device half way down they would be stranded there and without rescue would likely end up with suspension trauma and quite likely die if exposure didn't kill them first. (reasonably assuming the person copying this moron wasn't versed and equiped to either pass a knot or prussic up a rope)

    4. Rigging ropes that rub a steel cable is just idiotic especially when it could so easily have been avoided anyway. But he pretended to use socks (then later switched to some kind of rope protector without admitting it), again for pointless and dangerous dramatisation. Imagine the situation where the rope and bridge are already bouncing from them abseiling together and then a bunch of other people started walking their way along the bridge, more bouncing. The cable could easily saw through socks, rope protectors and ropes. So stupid!

    5. As others have clearly pointed out, he pretended and demonstrated they were simul abseiling and then-off camera switched to a [slightly] safer setup with fixed ropes (2 lines each!). Why lie when if someone copies you they could get killed? Unbelievably irresponsible!

    6. Also extremely and insensitive bad timing and in poor taste considering the recent tragic accident from simul abseiling/rappelling.

    7. Not only did they not have a prussic to back up their abseil (very dangerous and stupid), Neither of them had both hands on the dead rope ( very dangerous and stupid). Even more idiotic at roughly 3:20 you'll see BG feeding the dead rope one handed while holding his phone in the other ( very dangerous and utterly stupid)

    8. I wouldn't be surprised however, given what a charlatan this guy is if they had a backup top-rope and belayer above which they edited and photoshopped out.

    9. No helmets – great role models!

    10. The way they pretend that this was just an unplanned, spontaneous idea again is stupid and irresponsible considering there's a good chance that someone will just go and buy a rope and do something as dumb. Via ferrata are great ways for none-climbers to be able to get to really exciting places and most of the time are relatively safe as long as people stick to the route and don't go off piste and do dumb stuff like this. Just a few meter's away from a via ferrata route and one could be in a very much more serious position which could be extremely dangerous for someone untrained in ropework (climbers, cavers etc.) and without the right equipment (most via ferrata users don't even carry technical or rescue equipment)

    There are no doubt countless other misleading and/or dangerous malpractices going on here. This guy should be taken off the air an certainly be stripped of his chief scout title. Do you think we should put a petition together?

  18. Intense music playing
    Bear: Let's protect the rope so it doesn't sever, resulting in us plummeting to our deaths
    Honnold: So bouncy 🙂

  19. I was waiting for them to meet the first knot to pass but wait! They both remembered they each had two 100m ropes so they didn't have to knot them! Amazing…

  20. This is not a counterbalanced rappel. The ropes are tied off to the bridge. They are effectively both abseiling on separate ropes. As ever Bear Grylls overdramatising fraud

  21. Alex: Do we have this much rope?

    Bear: Yeah (audio cut) well actually the camera crew has another rope so we're good.

    Alex: Oh that's nice we don't even have to simul rap because the crew can bring down the ropes.

    Bear: Yeah that's a great Idea (Audio Back on) We going to counterbalance rappel!

  22. Anyone else notice that when they are walking across that sketchy suspension bridge, Bear Grills is clipped in while Honnold is just casually chilling there without being hooked or anything? Absolute madlad

  23. Two ropes, two masterpoints, but for some reason, they need to simul? Also, why run the rope over the cable? Just put it under. No prusik, no stopper knots in the end, solid safety procedure.

  24. I love how Grills pulls out 40m of rope from his backpack and suddenly they have 4 x 100m of rope hanging on the wires and tied them off in the middle so it's not actually a counterbalance rappel same could have been done with quater the rope length if they went one at the time just overhyped for tv

  25. Heads up to anyone thinking of trying this, the knots in the rope are not figure 8’s, they are figure 9’s. it is unsafe to load both tails on a figure 8 knot. Be safe people

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