With all due respect, Pig Doc, I don't think he'll end up as you predicted. He takes on challenges most of us couldn't imagine, but he's not getting himself into a situation he hasn't already thought through, and worked through.
I saw the title of this thread and opened it to disagree with whoever you named as the greatest athlete of all time and make a case for it being Honnold. There is really nothing else that has ever compared. I am a rock climber and what he has done is probably all the more impressive to me because of my perspective.
There is no other sporting endeavor where one must be absolutely focused, every single second, for several hours, while operating at the smallest possible margins, with the slightest error resulting in certain death. To add a little bit more context, the climb on El Capitan that he soloed has never been climbed by anyone without falling on at least their first several tries - on rope! I've climbed the line that he soloed, albeit in a much different fashion. He's incredible.
Thanks, Overland. My family has done some of what we consider pretty adventurous stuff in Zion and other places in southern/mid Utah. Even with ropes and gear, it's daunting. Having done the little stuff with ropes, I can't even imagine what it's like doing the biggest and baddest without a rope.
The pic here is about 120' straight down, around little wild horse, I think Ding and Dang, no ropes. No way around. The pool in the bottom gives some perspective.
Two expert climbers fell to their deaths on El Capitan. This was the 108th trip up the face for one of the climbers. No matter how accomplished you are things can go wrong and when they do they are usually fatal.
He’s obviously a phenomenal athlete..... But I’m not a big fan of daredevil acts of risking your life just to do it..... like the Wallenda’s or Evil Knievil.
As far as the greatest athelete ever.... Probably no one or very few on earth could repeat his feat..... But no one on earth will probably ever top Michael Phelps....with 23 gold medals in swimming.... And there are many others that dominated their sports in similar fashion.