Why Alex Honnold's Free Climbs Have Stunned Me For Years

Alex Honnold's Free Climbs Show What Humans Can Do When They're At Their Best

Honnold has free-climbed Half-Dome and El Capitan, among other amazing natural structures.

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If you haven't seen, or even, heard of Alex Honnold's "Free Solo," you need to make time to go watch it. That isn't because I have watched it and I need you to go. While I'm writing this, the movie hasn't even come out yet in theaters. What I have watched in the past that excites me beyond anything else are Honnold's other free climbs, and his humble acceptance of his accomplishments.

Alex Honnold is one of the most prominent, current rock climbers in the world, and Wikipedia notes him as "best known for his free solo ascents of big walls." And "big walls" is an understatement when you learn that those include Half-Dome and El Capitan, both wonders of nature located in Yosemite National Park. Honnold specializes in free-solo ascents, which are ascents without the use of climbing or bouldering gear. This effectively means that Honnold used only his own body to scale rock formations that most people feel terrified to climb with the assistance of trials, ropes, and harnesses.

If you want to take a look at exactly what Honnold does before "Free Solo" comes out in theaters, here's a video that explains why I have been so fascinated with the climber since I first discovered his climbs.

Watching Honnold, of course, I feel terrified, but with the safety net of knowing that he has survived to film the interview portions of the short film that I'm watching. However, nothing changes the vicarious, and yet, simultaneous exhilaration and peace that I feel watching Honnold work on a climb. There is something about the simplicity of having nothing but one's body to scale a natural wonder that is stunning.

And to add to all of that, Honnold seems to be a genuinely humble subject for the short films and documentaries that are out there about him. He has risen to major prominence in the last few years in the extreme sports community, and nothing has seemed to faze him. I highly recommend that you go and find the time to watch Honnold do what he does best, and watch "Free Solo" when it comes out in theaters.

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A Beginner's Guide to Milwaukee Sports

Part I: The Bucks

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Being a college student in Milwaukee has its perks, especially for sports fans. Now, while some may have brought their hometown teams to college, others (myself included) may have warmed up to the Cream City teams without knowing much about them. If this is the case for you, then these pointers can help you start enjoying Milwaukee basketball without looking and sounding like a bandwagon fan.

Quick History

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Here are some facts about the Bucks that can make you feel more knowledgeable about the franchise:

- They have only won one championship (back in 1971) and have lost one NBA Finals series (1974) (Land of Basketball)

- They have only had one* MVP-caliber player in Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (#33) during the 1971, 1972, and 1974 seasons (Land of Basketball)

- Other Notable Players Include: Oscar Robertson (#1), Sidney Moncrief (#4), Jon McGlocklin (#14) and Ray Allen (#34) (Land of Basketball)

*Giannis Antetokounmpo may win the MVP award this year

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Gear Up

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This one is a bit of a no-brainer. Wearing team's colors or spirit wear is a must, especially if you're going to a game. Most items like hats and t-shirts are perfectly acceptable, and these are great if you're not trying to break the bank. Buying your gear from a sporting goods store will usually be cheaper than buying them from the team store (the main one of which is located in Fiserv Forum). Most online stores like NBA.com, Fanatics, Fansedge, and sometimes even the team's online store will have sales on sports gear, so getting a good deal on team wear is always a plus!

A Word of Caution: Jerseys

All three of these players are not part of the 2018-2019 roster and #77 and #3 have been reused by current players Ersan Ilyasova (#77) and George Hill (#3)

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If you're willing to go the extra mile, buying a jersey can really get you into locked in and pumped for the live action. However, it should be kept in mind that official Nike NBA jerseys range from $110-$250, so they definitely are an investment. While there are other options available like the FastBreak jerseys by Fanatics, they are a simpler (still official) knockoff of the Nike jerseys. Also; beware buying sale jerseys. There are usually three reasons why jerseys are ever on sale (aside from a storewide sale): a player is injured, a player doesn't play much and is about to be traded, or a player has been traded. While there is nothing wrong with having the jersey of a player who went on to another team (like Kareem and Allen), you are not exactly going to get brownie points for wearing a Jabari Parker or a Thon Maker jersey anytime soon.

Know The Current Squad

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Everyone in Milwaukee has heard of Giannis Antetokounmpo, but who else is part of the supporting cast?

Starting Five for the 2018-2019 Milwaukee Bucks (Basketball Reference):

- #6 Eric Bledsoe at Point Guard

- #13 Malcolm "The President" Brogdon at Shooting Guard

- #22 Khris "Money" Middleton at Small Forward

- #34 Giannis "The Greek Freak" Antetokounmpo at Power Forward

- #11 Brook "Splash Mountain" Lopez at Center

Student Perk

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Using your university email, you can get special discount ticket offers for home games by signing up for the Bucks' Student Rush Program. Tickets usually start at $15 per ticket, and the seats available may depend on who the Bucks are playing (and how well they are doing during the season).

Get Involved and Have Fun!

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Don't be afraid to get into it! The Bucks are an amazing team to watch and they love Bucks Nation. In addition to cheering at games, going to team events and player appearances can be great ways to make memories and even get an autograph or two!

Are You a Bucks Fan Now?🦌

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I think Giannis would agree!

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