Climber scales new heights without ropes or gear

Alex Honnold, a daring climber from the US known for his skill in tackling large solo climbs, took on the ascent of the El Sendero Luminoso -a vertical cliff in Mexico’s north east.

In January Honnold became the first climber to conquer this Mexican cliff without the aid of ropes or a harness.

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As the vertigo-inducing video shows, there’s little for the free climber to latch on to, putting all his body weight and trust in his fingertips and toes as he searches around footholds and a good grip.