‘Alex Honnold: The Soloist VR’ Brings the Elite World of Free Solo Climbing Home to VR

Oculus Blog
March 3, 2022

Imagine yourself clinging to a cliff’s face, thousands of feet in the air with nothing to catch you if you fall. Free soloing—a type of technical rock climbing performed without protective equipment like ropes and harnesses—is an incredibly niche sport, undertaken at death-defying heights. For American rock climber Alex Honnold, the subject of the Academy Award®-winning documentary Free Solo, it’s a way of life. It’s also the domain of elite athletes, something most of us would never come close to experiencing. But thanks to the immersive nature of VR, now you can feel like you’re there from the comfort and safety of home with the launch of Alex Honnold: The Soloist VR, a two-part immersive documentary film available in the US in Oculus TV on the Quest Platform.

Produced by Jonathan Griffith Productions in partnership with Red Bull Media House and Meta Quest, Alex Honnold: The Soloist VR transports you to some of the world’s most remote and beautiful climbing locations using the latest in high resolution 3D 360° capture.

In Episode 1, viewers begin getting to know Honnold before following him to Yosemite National Park, home of the famed El Capitan, and Red Rocks. Viewers are then brought to Europe where Honnold teams up with Swiss climber and Red Bull athlete Nicolas Hojac to tackle some of the toughest climbs in the Dolomites.

Episode 2 culminates with Honnold and Hojac battling a snowy, wet summer in Europe while they attempt to climb the American Direct route on the Aiguille du Dru in Chamonix and the Kuffner arete on Mont Maudit—the Cursed Mountain, and the second-highest peak in the Mont Blanc Massif.

Hungry for more free soloing action? Get a front-row seat as the production and film crew share a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of this immersive content with Making The Soloist VR in the Red Bull TV app.